José Luis Cuevas, whose rebellious personality and dark delineation of human suffering made him one of the most celebrated Mexican artists of the 1950s and ’60s, died Monday in Mexico City.President Enrique Peña Nieto announced his death, posting on Twitter that Mr. Cuevas “will always be remembered as a synonym of universality, freedom, creation.”Working almost exclusively in ink drawings, Mr. Cuevas depicted the wretched of the earth — the infirm, the deformed, the mad — in an unblinking expressionist manner that reflected the influence of artists like Goya, Breughel and Grosz as well as the forms of pre-Columbian art.Countering the warm humanism and leftist politics of the muralists, Mr. Cuevas offered an existentialist’s view of the human condition, with hopelessness a given.Surely there is not a more refined craftsman at work today than Ms. Cuevas, no artist who draws a line with more delicate calculation, who more firmly rejects the impulsive stab or the quick, suggestive squiggle,” the New York Times art critic John Canaday wrote in 1965, adding, “No artist, not even Hieronymus Bosch, has managed to make horror more elegant.Before his illness, he had spent one term studying at the National School of Painting and Sculpture, but he was otherwise self-taught.Shows followed in New York and Paris, where Pablo Picasso bought two of Mr. Cuevas’ drawings, as well as invitations to art festivals around the world, including the 1959 Biennale in São Paulo, where a special room was set aside for his drawings.In the mid-1960s, Cuevas spent two years at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop, where he produced a series of prints on a favorite subject, the Marquis de Sade.Despite the accolades heaped upon him, including a retrospective in 2009 at the Museum of the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City, Cuevas never quite shed his image as the bad boy of Mexican art.In 2001, to greet visitors entering the coastal city of Colima, he created “Obscene Figure,” a quasi-human beast in a kneeling position, but with one of its four legs lifted, like a dog by a fire hydrant.
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