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José Chávez Morado
[1909-2002]
Born 1909 in Silao, Guanajuato, where he lived until completing high school. Needing to find work, he travelled the entire west coast of the United States and Canada before finding work at last in the salmon fisheries of Alaska. Upon his return from Alaska, he worked as a fruitpicker in California.

He entered the Chouinard School of Art in Los Angeles, where he studied painting.

1932: returned to Mexico and took night classes in the School of Plastic Arts. Also studied woodcut under Dias de Leon. Later began teaching drawing.

1933: appointed chief of the Graphic Arts Department of the Ministry of Education, Mexico City.

1935: executed sets and costumes for the ballet, Barricade, presented in the Palace of Fine Arts.

1936: designed the sets and costumes for the drama, Trust. Painted frescoes in 'Sonora' school and afterwards in Normal School of Jalapa, Veracruz, and in the School of Fine Arts of San Miguel Allende.

1938-41: was a member of TGP and continues to collaborate with TGP (c. 1949). President of Espiral Gallery, Mexico City and marries Olga Costa, a Polish painter.

1945: solo exhibition, 'Gallery of Mexican Art', Mexico City

titles, top to bottom:The Three Dancers, 1939.
A Seated Dead Man, 1939
The Clergy and the Press, 1939
Parade of the Press, 1939