Angel Zamarripa Landi Biography

Angel Zamarripa Landi




Watercolorist, cartoonist, and printmaker Angel Zamarripa Landi, known primarily as Angel Zamarippa, was born in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico on November 16, 1912. An early interest in art led him to cartooning, and in 1927 he began publishing his work in El Ilustrado magazine under the name "Fa-cha". He attended the Academia de Belles Artes San Carlo in 1929 where he studied watercolor under Pastor Veláquez and Gérman Gedovius, and simultaneously took comic illustration lessons from Andres Audiffred at the Imprenta Mundial publishing house where he worked.

In 1934 Zamarippa was hired by Excélsior - which today is known as the second oldest newspaper in Mexico City - as a comic artist; he would remain with them for 50 years. In 1946 he enrolled in the Escuela de las Artes del Libro where he learned printmaking from Carlos Alvarado Lang and Francisco Díaz de León. At this point he was also signing his work as 'Angel Landi'.

Zamarippa was quickly establishing himself as one of Mexico City's leading satirical cartoonists. In 1947, along with José Julio Rodriguez and Amador Lugo, he founded the Sociedad Mexicana de Grabadores (Mexican Society of Engravers) and was the editor of their magazine, Estampa. He began exhibiting in 1948, first in Mexico City and quickly expanding into the United States and beyond. By the 1950s he was one of the most recognized cartoonists in Mexico.

He was a member of the Swiss graphic union 'Xylon' based in Zurich; the Salón de la Plástica Mexicana; the Club de Caricaturistas; and the Salón Nacional de Artes Gráficas. In addition to Excelsior, he contributed to major Mexican newspapers and magazines such as The Universal Illustrated, View, All, Latest News, Don Timid, and IT. In the late 1960s he collaborated with Henry Loubet Jr. on a column in which they signed as 'Tin' and 'Ton'. As a cartoonist he was the creator of Thorson (a parody of Tarzan) and Hanz and Fritz. His work was praised by President Lyndon B. Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson.

Zamarripa died in Mexico City on July 6, 1990.