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    Art Brokerage: Ricardo Martinez de Hoyos Mexican Artist: b. 1918-2009. Ricardo Martinez de Hoyos (28 October 1918, 11 January 2009) was a Mexican painter. He was born to a large family in Mexico City comprising 16 siblings, with five of them who would pursue a career in fields related to the fine arts: Oliverio, an architect who greatly contributed to Ricardo's education; Jorge, an actor; Enrico and Homero, both of them architects; and Ricardo. Between his nine and fourteen years of age, Ricardo Martinez de Hoyos lived in San Antonio, Texas, during the first years of the Great Depression. His knowledge in painting was selftaught. He learned from research books, from which Max Doerner's The materials of the artist stands out. His English language edition of 1934 of that book revealed him the secrets of the technique. Ricardo Martinez de Hoyos had the support of Federico Canti a neighbor to the place where Martinez used to work, who took him to In's Amor's Gallery of Mexican Art, where he was allowed to sell his paintings and learn techniques by 1940. His first works were still life paintings, followed by non-narrative monumental figures related to Pre-Colombine sculpture. He had his first art exhibit in Guadalajara, Jalisco, in 1942. His works were among the "Master Works of Mexican Art" exhibit sent to several European countries and the United States between 1961 and 1963. At the end of the 1960s decade Martinez created irreal atmospheres in his works by using light and shadow. In 1971, he received the Moinho Santista Award at the Sao Paulo Art Biennial. Among his most important art exhibits stand out the ones displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City in 1969 and 1974, and at the Museum of the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City in 1984 and 1994. He died in January 2009 in Mexico City, Mexico. Listings wanted by Art Brokerage.

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