David Alfaro Siqueiros was a Mexican painter and printmaker, known for his contributions to Mexican Muralism. Like muralism, printmaking was an important process for 20th century artists in Mexico. Siqueiros produced a number of memorable prints, including a series of lithographs and a handful of woodcut prints. According to the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Siqueiros made around 25 lithographs published by Weyhe Gallery, New York. Like Siqueiros’s murals, his lithographs were political in nature. Many were created while he was imprisoned for activities in the Communist party.
Portrait of Moises Saenz, 1931. Lithograph Madison Museum of Art.
Workman. 1936. Lithograph
While Siqueiros’s outspoken political position often stirred controversy, he continued to win awards for his work and receive commissions to for public art works in Mexico. Siqueiros’s involvement in art and politics started with organizing student protests at the San Carlos Academy of Art, during the Mexican Revolution. Siqueiros later joined the Mexican Revolution Army and he helped establish the Congress of Soldier Artists. During the 1930s, Siqueiros travelled to Los Angeles and New York, creating murals and working with budding art students such as Jackson Pollock.
Self Portrait, New York. 1936. Lithograph
Zapata. 1930. Lithograph
El Enjuste (The Unjust). 1930. woodcut
Siqueiros is now remembered as one of Mexico’s most important artists. Many of his public works have become tourist destinations. His prints and paintings are in major art collections around the world.