(b El Oro, nr Acambaro, 7 March 1905; d Mexico City, 27 Oct 1924).
Mexican painter and teacher of Scottish descent. He studied briefly
at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, where in 1921
he met the painter Manuel Rodríguez Lozano, who introduced him to
Mexican avant-garde artists. Under Rodríguez Lozano’s tutelage he
joined the ‘brigade’ of teachers who trained primary and secondary
school students using Adolfo Best Maugard’s method of teaching
drawing based on the motifs of popular art. Angel developed a
pictorial style characterized by a deliberately naive drawing
technique and vivid, unnaturalistic colours; he typically made
portraits of friends and relatives superimposed on backdrops of
village scenes or simplified rural landscapes. A commemorative book
published shortly after his death featured texts by major artistic
and literary figures of the period, including Rodríguez Lozano,
Diego Rivera, José Juan Tablada and Xavier Villaurrutia, and
revealed the process of romantic mythification of Angel,
characterizing him as a ‘pure popular painter’ and even inventing
for him exotic Argentinian origins.
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