María Izquierdo was born in 1902 in San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco. She was inspired by the colors and traditions from her hometown and put them into her art.
She moved to Coahuila and then to Mexico City with her two children. She enrolled at the Fine Arts National School and the San Carlos Academy where she improved her technique.
She had a deep influencial and collaborative relationship with the painters Rufino Tamayo and Diego Rivera. In 1929, she had her first exhibition at the Mexico City's Modern Art Gallery, and a year later, she set up a new exhibition with landscapes and portraits at the New York's Art Center.
María Izquierdos' work is characterized by her lively and spontaneous expression. The Costumbrismo of country life and popular traditions brings a colorful realism to her canvas.
Her work was also shown in museums and galleries in Hollywood, San Francisco, Santiago de Chile, Guatemala, Panama, Brazil, Lima, La Paz, Rio de Janeiro, Mumbai, Paris, and Tokyo.
She was part of the Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolucionarios (League of Revolutionary Writers and Artists) and was a founding member of the Casa de Artistas de América (America's Artists House).
In 1948, she suffered from hemiplegia which paralyzed half her body. Yet, her determination and willpower allowed her to continue with her work.
She died at 53-years-old in Mexico City. In 2009, to recognize her artistic.career, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) baptized a mercury crater with her name.
Nowadays, the artistic archive of María Izquierdo's Painting Biennale is kept at Museo Cabañas. You can visit this museum nearby by walking through Plaza Tapatía.
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