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Alfredo Ramos Martínez at La Biennale Arte 2024

Alfredo Ramos Martínez (1871–1946)
Mancacoyota, 1930
oil on board / óleo su cartón
15 1/8 x 15 1/16 inches (38.4 x 38.3 centimeters)
Coleccíon Blaisten

Alfredo Ramos Martínez, often considered the “father of modern Mexican art”, was a prolific painter, muralist, and educator who played a key role in the reconfiguration of art schools and Mexican modernism during the crisis of the Revolution (1910). Ramos Martínez’s Mancacoyota(1930) renders the idea of a proud Indigenous woman, full of a nobility that stems from her native roots. With an inquisitive gaze, the woman – reluctant, serene, and suspicious at the same time – observes us with a monumental wall of cactus as a background. 

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