Francisco Zuñiga (1912-1998)

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Francisco Zuñiga (1912-1998) signatureThree of the most prominent Latin American artists of the 20th century were Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, and Francisco Zuñiga. These three artists are considered to be the greatest Mexican artists of the period.

Zuñiga was born and raised in Costa Rica but at the age of 23 moved to Mexico and established his reputation painting Mexican women. He became a naturalized Mexican citizen in 1986.

Zuñiga's women have the presence of ancient goddesses rendered in the situation of daily life and motherhood. His full-figured women are reminiscent of those of early European masters, yet they pay homage to the simple Mexican and Native Indian women of Mexico.

Francisco is represented in numerous prestigious public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, Mexico; the Phoenix Art Museum; Harvard University; Ponce Art Museum, Puerto Rico; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, well as the Museum of Art in New York City.

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