Art Brokerage: Gunther Gerzso Wendland (June 17, 1915 - April 21, 2000) was a Hungarian Mexican painter, designer and director and screenwriter for film and theatre. Born in Mexico City, in the times of the Revolution, to Oscar Gerzso, a Hungarian immigrant and Dore Wendland, German by birth. After his father's death, a few months after Gunther was born, his mother married a German jeweler. The economic crisis during the revolution caused the family to flee to Europe in 1922. The family returned to Mexico two years later and her mother divorced. Not being able to provide for the children, she sent Gunther to Lugano, Switzerland to live with his uncle Dr. Hans Wendland, who was an influential name in the art world. Gunther, then a teenager, met Paul Klee and lived among his uncle's collection of paintings which included works by Pierre Bonnard, Rembrandt, Paul Cézanne, Eugene Delacroix and Titian. During his time in Lugano, he also met Nando Tamberlani, noted set designer who would introduce him to the world of theater. In 1931, due to the impact of the Great Depression in Europe, Dr. Wendland sent the boy back to his mother in Mexico City. Back home he started doing sketches for set designs and writing plays influenced by Mr. Tamberlani. Two years later he started working in a local theater production company run by Fernando Wagner. During the 40's and 50's he made various set designs for Mexican, French and American films. He won a total of 5 Premios Ariel (The Mexican Equivalent of the Oscars) for Best Production Design as well as two more honorary Ariel Awards in 1994 and 2000. During this time he collaborated with directors like Emilio "El Indio" Fernandez in "Un Dia de Vida" (1950), Luis Buñuel in "Susana" (1951), "Una Mujer sin Amor" (1952) and "El Rio y la Muerte" (1955), Yves Allegret in "Les Orgueilleux" (1953), and John Houston in "Under the Volcano" (1984). In the late 30's Gerzso also started painting as a hobby. It was then that Gunther Gerzso started considering himself a painter more than a Set Designer. In 1941 Gerzso and his wife moved permanently to Mexico City and in 1944 he joined a group of surrealist painters that had taken refuge from the Second World War in Mexico. According to Octavio Paz, Gunther Gerzso was one of the greatest Latin American painters, since it was him, along with Carlos Merida and Rufino Tamayo, who opposed the ideologist aesthetic movement into which muralism had degenerated. Gunther Gerzso was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1973 and later in 1978 he was the recipient of the Premio Nacional de Bellas Artes. A world renowned painter, sculptor, printmaker, set designer, writer and art director, Gunther Gerzso died on April 21, 2000. Listings wanted by Art Brokerage.