Gerardo Murillo Coronado, known as "Doctor ATL", was born on October 3rd, 1875, in the San Juan de Dios neighborhood, Guadalajara, Jalisco.
His alias refers to 2 elements: his doctorate degree in philosophy and the Nahuatl word "atl" meaning water.
When he turned 15, he began his art studies at Felipe Castro's workshop, then he attended Félix Bernardelli's workshop, with whom he learned European artistic avant-garde styles.
Thanks to his performance, he obtained a scholarship from Porfirio Diaz’ government to study in Europe. He studied painting in Paris, where he was influenced by the Impressionists; he also studied philosophy and law in Rome.
Once he returned to Mexico, he taught David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, and Diego Rivera at the San Carlos Academy.
Murillo stood out as a volcano-expert. He even witnessed the birth of the Paricutin volcano in 1943; he made notes and paintings which he showed at the Palacio de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Palace) and later gathered those pieces in his book called: "Cómo nace y crece un volcán, el Paricutín" (Paricutín: a volcano's birth and growth) in 1950.
The renowned Mexican artist died in Mexico City in 1964.
Along with José María Velazco and Joaquín Clausell, he is considered as one of the most distinguished Mexican landscapists of all times.
In Guadalajara, his work has been shown at the Museo Regional and the Instituto Cultural Cabañas, two landmarks you can visit nearby.
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