Arnold Belkin (1930-1992) Artista judío-canadiense-mexicano muralista y artist/Jewish-Canadian-Mexican Jewish Muralist and Artist

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Arnold Belkin

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Arnold Belkin, judío, nació en Calgary, Canadá, en 1930. Siendo muy joven, descubre la pintura mexicana por medio de los libros y decide venir a estudiar a México. En 1948, ingresó a la Escuela de Pintura y Escultura “La Esmeralda” y estudió con Agustín Lazo, Carlos Orozco Romero y Andrés Sánchez Flores. En la década de los 50, colaboró como ayudante del pintor David Alfaro Siqueiros. Luego, formó parte del movimiento Nueva Presencia, un movimiento artístico de ruptura que integraba a José Luis Cuevas, Francisco Icaza, Rafael Coronel y Ignacio López. Años después, en 1975, fue premiado en la II Bienal Latinoamericana de Grabado de San Juan, Puerto Rico y realizó varias exposiciones individuales en Detroit, Houston, Atlanta, Dayton y Phoenix y en San Juan de Puerto Rico. Para la década de los 80, los principales esfuerzos de Belkin se dedicaron al muralismo, teniendo como tema principal el hombre en consonancia con la naturaleza y su lucha contra fuerzas hostiles en la estructura social. Además, realizó murales en la recientemente inaugurada Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana  (UNAM) donde se conservan cinco murales y varias esculturas de su autoría.

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Arnold Belkin was born Jewish in Calgary, Canada, in 1930. When he was very young, he discovered Mexican painting through books and decided to come and study in Mexico. iIn 1948, he entered the School of Painting and Sculpture “La Esmeralda” and studied with Agustín Lazo, Carlos Orozco Romero and Andrés Sánchez Flores. In the 50s he collaborated as an assistant to the painter David Alfaro Siqueiros. Later, he formed part of the Nueva Presencia movement, an artistic movement intended to break from the past that included José Luis Cuevas, Francisco Icaza, Rafael Coronel and Ignacio López. Years later, in 1975, he was awarded at the II Latin American Engraving Biennial of San Juan, Puerto Rico and held several solo exhibitions in Detroit, Houston, Atlanta, Dayton and Phoenix and in San Juan de Puerto Rico. For the decade of the 80, the main efforts of Belkin were dedicated to the muralism, having like main subject the man in consonance with the nature and its fight against hostile forces in the social structure. In addition, he made murals in the recently inaugurated Autonomous Metropolitan University  (UNAM) where five murals and several sculptures of his authorship are conserved.

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Murales/Murals

 

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UNAM
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UNAM 1983
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Oracle

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Judaica/Judaica

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Moisés de León/Moses of Leon
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Golem, 1950
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Strands of Spirit
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Sello de mi corazón/Seal of my Heart
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Simón y Yohai/Somon and Yohai

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Pinturas y grabados/Paintings and Prints

 

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La llegada de Zapata y Villa al Palacio Nacional/The Arrival of Zapata and Villa at the National Palace
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Sin título/Untitled
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Recuerdo de Mahler/Memory of Mahler

 

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Luminarios/Christmas Lights

 

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Sin titulo 3/Untitled 3
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Don Quixote y Sancho

 

 

 

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