Mérida, Yucatán — Bringing together 19 works created in the last decades his life, “Ricardo Martínez y la figura humana” (“Ricardo Martínez and the Human Figure”) is now on view at the Museo Casa Montejo.
Curated by Miriam Kaiser, the exhibition highlights a beauty that is both ancestral and modern with colors that are applied with subtlety and strength.
Ricardo Martínez de Hoyos (1918-2009) began his artistic career in 1940, painting still-life portraits and realistic landscapes.
In the 1960s, his artistic restlessness turned to the representation of the human figure. To a large extent, Martínez found his inspiration in pre-Hispanic pieces, basically anthropomorphic, coming from different cultures of Mesoamerica.
The project also reflects the mission of Fomento Cultural Banamex AC, to promote and preserve Mexico’s culture.
The Mexico City-based artist has been the focus of exhibits around the world, and has been celebrated in important venues such as the Museo de Arte Moderno and the Palacio de Bellas Artes, which held a tribute to the artist in 1994. Since his death, a cultural center named after him has been established in Mexico City’s Centro Histórico.
“Ricardo Martínez and the Human Figure” runs every Tuesday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through December. Admission is free. Free guided tours of the adjacent historic home are available to the general public from each Tuesday to Saturday at 11 a.m, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. and on Sundays at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.