"Leo Matiz, Arena de la Playa, 77"

"Arena" Medanos de Coro and Techos, Mexico, 1947-1970 (Framed)

  • Leo Matiz

    "Arena" Medanos de Coro and Techos, Mexico, 1947-1970 (Framed)

    Gelatin silver print, Vintage Photography



    Individual size:

    Image size: 7.25 in. H x 7925 in. W

    Frame size: 22 in. H x 25 in. W

    Overall size: 22 H x 50 W in. 

    One of a Kind 


    "Arena", Medanos de Coro, 1970

    Signed, titled, and dated in ink on verso, "Leo Matiz, Arena, Medanos de Coro, 70" and Stamped from the artist studio.

    Printed later 1977


    Techos, Mexico, 1947

    Signed, titled, and dated in pencil on verso, "Leo Matiz, Techos Mexico, 1947".

  • Leo Matiz summarized his artistic pursuits by saying: “I am a painter because of activism, photographer because of hunger, and crazy because of talent.” Indeed, Matiz began his career as a caricaturist for political and literary publications, with a keen eye for gesture, features, and scathing humor. These illustrations were particularly influenced by the work of Gustave Doré, George Grosz, Nadar, and Guadalupe Posada. He later began working as a photojournalist in Mexico for a number of international publications, but began to use the medium to explore more artistic themes. His keenness for caricature served him well in his photographic portraiture, for which he is best recognized today. Matiz’s subjects included Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, Marc Chagall, and Pablo Neruda.


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