Horse Stung by Wasps
Francisco Toledo (Mexican, 1940 – 2019)
DimensionsImage : 15 3/8 x 20 1/2 in. (39.05 x 52.07 cm)
Sheet : 19 x 25 7/8 in. (48.26 x 65.72 cm)
Mat : 24 x 30 in. (60.96 x 76.2 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelFrancisco Toledo was born in a Zapotec village in the state of Oaxaca. As a teen, he studied art in Oaxaca and Mexico City before moving to Paris in 1960 where he studied with the British printmaker Stanley William Hayter. Toledo returned to Mexico in 1965, establishing a studio in Oaxaca and beginning a lifelong effort to create contemporary art inspired by the indigenous cultures of his home state. He is a versatile artist who works in many different genres from painting, printmaking and sculpture to ceramics and textiles. Toledo’s style tends toward the surreal and fantastical. His images often have a dreamlike quality, with animals and humans interacting and sometimes morphing together in strange ways.