Art Brokerage: Mexican artist Alfredo Zalce was born January 12, 1908 in Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico. His father and mother were both professional photographers. Zalce attended elementary and high school in Mexico City; during these years he also helped his parents develop film. He studied art (supporting himself as a photographer) at the Escuela Central de Artes Plásticas, which later was to be named the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes. At the age of 20 his works were exhibited in the Mexican pavilion of the Exposicion de Artes e Industrias, Seville, Spain (1928), where he won second place in the category of painting. In 1937 he was one of the cofounders of the Taller de Graffica Popular (Workshop of the People's Graphics.) In 1950 he became the director of the Escuela Popular de Bellas Artes de Morelia (sponsored by the University of Michoacan) and the Escuela de Pintura y Artesans;as de Morelia (sponsored by the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes). He has worked primarily in Morelia from that date. In the 1950s he completed major commissions including the Chamber of Deputies of the State of Michoacán and the City Hall of Morelia, In 1960, seventeen of his prints formed part of the collective exhibition of the TGP, "450 aartos de lucha. Homenaje al pueblo mexicano." In 1981, the Museo de Arte Moderno de Chapultepec (Mexico City) had a major retrospective celebrating 50 years of his work in which were exhibited 200 works of painting, sculpture, textiles, drawings, and graphics
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