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 Arnold Belkin

 

 

Belkin Arnold       

 

(b Calgary, 9 Dec 1930; d Mexico City, 12 July 1992).

Canadian painter, draughtsman and sculptor, active in Mexico. After studying in Canada at the Vancouver School of Art (1944–5) and Banff School of Fine Arts (1947–8) he moved to Mexico City, where he continued his training at the Escuela de Pintura y Escultura La Esmeralda (1948–9) and from 1950 worked as one of a team of assistants to David Alfaro Siqueiros. He began soon after to produce murals, such as The People Don’t Want War (acrylic, 2*2.5 m, 1952; Mexico City, Inst. Poli. N.) and Scenes from Don Quixote (acrylic on concrete, 1957; Cuernavaca), following these with many others in Mexico, the USA, Canada, Cuba and Nicaragua. He was also prolific as a draughtsman and easel painter, often working on a large scale, and to a lesser extent as a sculptor. Working in an Expressionist style and concentrating his attention on the human figure—sometimes contorted, flayed or treated in a robot-like manner—he treated biblical themes as well as more contemporary subjects such as the victims of Nazism or of the bombing of Hiroshima. In 1961 he and Francisco Icaza (b 1930) founded the group Nueva Presencia, which until 1963 published five issues of a magazine under the same name.

 


Marat asesinado no.10

 

 


Marat
1971

 

 


The animal anatomy lesson II

 

 


Las Humanidades
1971
At Lock Haven University, PA, USA

 
 

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