Jose Luis Cuevas


José Luis Cuevas (February 26, 1934 – July 3, 2017) was a Mexican artist and was one of the first to challenge the then dominant Mexican muralism movement as a prominent member of the Generación de la Ruptura (Breakaway Generation). He was a mostly self-taught artist, whose styles and influences are moored to the darker side of life, often depicting distorted figures and the debasement of humanity. He had remained a controversial figure throughout his career, not only for his often shocking images, but also for his opposition to writers and artists who he feels participate in corruption or create only for money. In 1992, the José Luis Cuevas Museum was opened in the historic center of Mexico City holding most of his work and his personal art collection. His grandson Alexis de Chaunac is a contemporary artist.

Upcoming Lots

Attributed to Jose Luis Cuevas (1934-2017), Untitled, 1969, Mixed media on paper, Sight: 35.5" H x 25.5" W

Estimate $800 - $1,200

Past Lots

José Luis Cuevas, (1934-2017, Mexican/American), "Marquis de Sade, Niño," 1964, Oil on canvas, 54.75" H x 55" W

Sold: $9,000

José Luis Cuevas, (1934-2017, Mexican/American), "Personajes celebre en el asillo de Charenton," 1963, Ink and watercolor on paper, 26"

Sold: $2,500

José Luis Cuevas, (1934-2017, Mexican/American), "Rembrandt and his family in the asilum of Charenton," 1964, Ink on paper laid to boar

Sold: $2,000

José Luis Cuevas, (1934-2017, Mexican/American), "Crime by Cuevas," 1968 (A portfolio of twelve original lithographs, nine in color), L

Sold: $1,800