Fernando Ramirez Osorio Biography

Fernando Ramirez Osorio




Muralist, printmaker, sculptor, and painter Fernando Ramirez Osorio was born in Puebla, Mexico, in 1922. As a teenager, inspired by the wave of Mexican Modernism just beginning to gain an international foothold, he studied painting and printmaking at the Popular Academy of Fine Arts, Puebla. He would become friends with fellow Puebloan artists Erasto Cortes Juarez, and Ramon Pablo Loreto, among others, and with them he would form the Pueblo Engravers. In addition to his personal output, he would dedicate much of his life to promoting the works of Pueblo artists and architects, fighting to preserve structures, public art, and other works that represented Puebloan culture. 

In the 1940s Osorio became involved with the Taller de Grafica Popular, working alongside Leopoldo Mendez and David Siqueiros. He was frequently commissioned to provide art for various periodicals as well as illustrations for thiry-four books. He would go on to exhibit throughout Mexico and abroad, including the in the U.S., Bulgaria, Poland, Czechoslovakia, China, and Japan. He continued to work well into his later years, and he died on January 3, 2015.

His work is included in the collections of the National Institute of Fine Arts of Mexico; the Museum of Modern Art, Toluca; the University of Santiago de Chile; the Society of Engravers of Beijing, China; and others. In 2022, on the 100th anniversary of his birth, the Municiple Palace in Pueblo held a retrospective of his works, including paintings, prints, preserved murals, and sculpture.