Obituaries

Jose Luis Cuevas, Mexican painter, sculptor

epa06065354 (FILE) - Mexican artist Jose Luis Cuevas looks on during an interview at the Americas House in Havana, Cuba, 28 January 2008 (reissued 04 July 2017). Mexican painter and sculptor Jose Luis Cuevas died on 03 July 2017 at the age of 83 in Mexico City, the Mexican Presiden confirmed on 04 July 2017. Cuevas is considered as a part of 'Generation of the Rupture,' a movement led in the 1950's by Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Clemente Orozco, whose expressionist works exercised a big influence on him. EPA/STR

EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY FILE/2008

Jose Luis Cuevas was known for his twisted, distorted depictions of the human form.

MEXICO CITY — Mexican painter Jose Luis Cuevas, who made his mark by breaking with the hyper-nationalist tradition of the country’s muralists of the 1930s and 1940s, died on Monday. He was 83.

Enrique Pena Nieto, president of Mexico, announced Mr. Cuevas’s death but did not give a cause.

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Muralists of that time such as Diego Rivera idealized the working class, peasants, and Mexico’s indigenous past. But Mr. Cuevas was known for his twisted, distorted depictions of the human form, both in painting and sculpture.

Mr. Cuevas was best known for his 1950s manifesto ‘‘The Nopal Curtain’’ and a ‘‘temporary’’ mural he erected on a billboard in 1967 and took down a month later.

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Both were a reaction to the somewhat ponderous, stereotyped images that prevailed in Mexico’s school of mural painting.

Pena Nieto said in his Twitter account that Mr. Cuevas ‘‘will always be remembered as a synonym of universality, freedom, creation.’’

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