Redstripe on Ochre

Roberto Donis (Mexican, 1934 – 2008)
Gouache on paper
Sheet : 22 1/2 x 30 in. (57.15 x 76.2 cm)
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Hope College Collection
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In 1950, at the age of sixteen, Roberto Donis went to study art at the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking (known as "La Esmeralda") in Mexico City. Donis was unhappy with the school's emphasis on realism and figurative art, so he organized a student rebellion and eventually dropped out of La Esmeralda to take a teaching position in Michoacan. In the 1960s, Donis spent several years studying and working overseas, first in Paris and later in New York. He returned to Mexico in 1970 and resumed his teaching career, serving in positions at several schools and universities until his death from cancer in 2008. Donis created this painting toward the end of his stay in New York and reflects his engagement with the then-prominent Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism movements.

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