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Art in Embassies Mexico
The Mirgant Experience
April 12, 2023

Leopoldo Méndez

Leopoldo Méndez was one of Mexico’s most important graphic artists and most important artists from the 20th century.  He was born in Mexico City as one of eight children to a shoemaker father and a farmworker mother who was of indigenous Nahua heritage.  Méndez became politically active, much like his ancestors on his father’s side, supporting the goals of the Mexican Revolution.  He used his art as a form of protest and expression and ensured that his work connected to his political and social activism.  While Méndez continually worked in collaboration with other artists to express his belief in the revolution’s vision, he opposed the concept of making art for profit due to his belief that the true value of art was its social utility.

Braceros se van a Estados Unidos, 1960

Linocut, 8.5 × 11in. Courtesy of Mexic-Arte Museum Austin, Texas