Arturo Garcia Bustos Biography

Arturo Garcia Bustos




Arturo Garcia Bustos was born on August 8, 1926 in Mexico City.  The cultural and political environment fascinated the youthful Bustos (as he is called by friends and family) and motivated his artistic development. In 1941, when he was barely 15, he entered the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas and the following year entered the Escuela de Pintura y Escultura ("La Esmeralada") where among his teachers were Frida Kahlo, Feliciano Peña and Maria Izquierdo.

In 1945 he was one of the four students who followed Frida Kahlo to Coyoacan (these students became known as "los Fridos"),  where he entered the Taller de Grafica Popular (TGP) and participated in the founding of the group "Artistas Jóvenes Revolucionarios." Starting in 1945, he had a close relationship with Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.  Rina Lazo, who was an assistant of Diego Rivera, has been his partner and wife for over 60 years. They share the "Casa de la Malinche" where they both paint and do printmaking.

In 1952 the "Frente Nacional de Artes Plásticas" was founded, pronouncing that this group of artists would be the representative of the workers in the arts in Mexico. In 1953, he came to Guatemala with his artist wife Rina, a Guatemalan by birth, where he gave an important workshop on engraving. These works are still exhibited in Guatemala.

Today, Arturo García Bustos is recognized as one of the greatest Mexican lithographers and as one of the best Mexican painters and muralists. His murals can be seen in the Oaxaca room of the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico, the metro station at the UNAM, the stairways of the Municipal Palace in Oaxaca, to mention only a few. In June 1999, Rina and Bustos conducted a masters class in Italy where they taught mural painting and painted a mural.

On March 29, 2005, a collection consisting of eleven of his paintings was exhibited at the Museo Mural Diego Rivera of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, in Mexico City.