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Gabriel Flores García

Gabriel Flores García was born in Arenal, Jalisco, in 1930.

He became interesed in art at 17-years-old, when he received his first painting lessons with master José Vizcarra.

From 1948 to 1950, he studied at the Arts and Literature School of the University of Guadalajara where he set up Jalisco's neorealist front against abstract art.

He led exhibits and conferences about painting's social function.

Afterwards, in 1952, he moved to Mexico City, where he made posters for Mexican movies. He painted murals with Siqueiros and Juan O'Gorman.

In 1955, he came back to Guadalajara. When he was 25-years-old, he started to show his artistic work as a muralist.

His career was at his best in 1970, when he painted the mural called "Sacrificio de los Niños Héroes (Sacrifice of the Boy Heroes)" at the Castillo de Chapultepec.

He also painted two murals for the University of Guadalajara: "Nuestra Civilización (Our Civilization)" in 1979 and "El Fracaso de Nuestra Civilización (The Failure of Our Civilization)" in 1980.

He also made a great number of paintings and drawings. Most of these pieces were shown at the Instituto Cultural Cabañas in 1993.

That same year, after a successful and renowned career in Mexican art, Gabriel Flores García died in Guadalajara.

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