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Published on Jun 10, 2013
Film by Eric Minh Swenson. Music by Antonio Vivaldi
Produced on the occasion of the major exhibition, "Francisco Zuniga: A Centennial Tribute," at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles. This formidable exhibition of works by the major 20th century artist, (b. Costa Rica 1912 - d. Mexico 1998), opened on June 1, 2013.
A consummate draftsman and sculptor, Zuniga's works celebrate the female form as an elemental force. Drawing on pre-Columbian and classical sources, they are often depicted as sensual, but always heroic. These sculptures and drawings of women - as matriarch or adolescent - have today become powerful and iconic images, widely establishing Francisco Zuniga as Latin America's greatest modern sculptor, and according to one recent study, Mexico's most internationally collected artist.
This exhibition in Los Angeles span the artist's long career, from his earliest years when he came to national attention in his native Costa Rica as both a painter and sculptor. In 1936, the artist moved to Mexico, where he resided the rest of his life. Included in the exhibition are exceedingly rare paintings on canvas from that early period, after which Zuniga increasingly dedicated himself to sculpture and became known as the most celebrated sculptor of Latin America. Among the works shown are stone and bronze sculpture, drawings, watercolors, and selected original graphic works on paper. Francisco Zuniga's works are included in major museums internationally. His works, including monumental sculptures, can be found in the sculpture gardens and collections of museums such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, UCLA Sculpture Gardens, University of Southern California, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; Phoenix Museum of Art; the Museo de Arte Costarricense, Costa Rica; Museum of Modern Art, Mexico; Latin American Museum of Art, Buenos Aires and Middelheim Sculpture Garden, Antwerp, among many others. For more info on Eric Minh Swenson or project inquiries visit his website :www.thuvanarts.com