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About Humberto Batista

Humberto Batista has been an artist all his life, both in spirit and in practice.  (A more detailed account of Humberto’s development and purpose is available here.)

Growing up near the major archaeological site of Teotihuacán, Batista entertained himself by searching for fragments of pre-Hispanic artifacts.  Later he received formal training in painting at La Esmeralda Art School in Mexico City.  Several years of painting and making assemblages in San Francisco, California, broadened Batista’s aesthetic sensibilities but also gave him a deeper appreciation of the richness and value of his Mexican artistic roots.
Humberto Batista at Easel Returning to Mexico in 1981, Batista settled in Oaxaca, a city with a rich artistic history of its own, having been the home of such internationally famous painters as Rufino Tamayo and Francisco Toledo.  Since then he has exhibited widely, both in Mexico and the United States.  (See complete exhibition history here.)  Since 1990 Batista has taught many workshops in painting and collage. Among other places, groups have come to his studio from the Kansas City Art Institute and the Worcester Art Museum. In 2008 he received a major grant from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation.

Batista has written, “My method of work varies.  The objects speak to me.  Very often I literally and figuratively deconstruct the object.  In reconstructing the object to its new form, it’s my intuition that dictates its meaning and new form.  I am aware, however, that my Mexican background is always present in my mind.”   In recent years, an underlying theme has been “el nahual y la muerte (the joyful animal side of human beings and death....How are we to reconcile the joy of life with the inevitability of death?” 

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