Mireya Was My First Private Model
Series TitleRecollections of Childhood
José Luis Cuevas (Mexican, 1934 – 2017)
DimensionsSheet : 22 x 16 in. (55.88 x 40.64 cm)
Mat : 30 x 24 in. (76.2 x 60.96 cm)
Credit LineGift of Armstrong De Graff International Fine Art
LabelJosé Luis Cuevas showed an aptitude for art as a young child and at age ten he enrolled in the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking in Mexico City. Forced to leave school after two years because of ill health, Cuevas continued to practice drawing on his own and in his late teens he became a magazine illustrator. In 1953 Cuevas had an exhibition at Mexico City’s Galeria Prisse that attracted positive critical reviews. Invitations to participate in exhibitions elsewhere in Mexico as well as in South America, Europe and the United States soon followed, and by the mid-1960s he had a well-established international reputation. Although he has worked in many media over the years, Cuevas is best known for his prints and drawings featuring historical and contemporary figures rendered in a deliberately naïve, almost cartoonish style.