Leopoldo Mendez

Mexican 1903-1967



Becoming, at age fifteen, the youngest student to have enrolled in the San Carlos Academy of Art, Leopoldo Mendez went on to figure prominently amongst the twentieth century’s most distinguished printmakers.


To Mendez—considered one of Mexico’s most accomplished artists—style was the means rather than the end in his quest to raise the awareness of the masses of the Mexican population of their potential, through the richness of their heritage. A contemporary of Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros, Mendez became known internationally for his politically motivated art which expressed strongly his opposition to injustice, fascism and war.


A founding and actively participating member of such groups as the Estridentistas, the Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolutionarios (League of Revolutionary Artists and Writers) and the Taller de Grafica Popular (a cooperative printmaking workshop dedicated to serving the needs of the Mexican people), Mendez received many awards for his accomplishments. A Guggenheim Fellowship was followed by the International Peace Prize in Vienna, the World Congress of Intellectuals for Peace in Poland and the Posada Prize for Printmaking in America.