Born in Mexico City
Germán Cueto (1893-1975) was a sculptor, painter, and author whose artistic practice was an integral part of the beginning of Mexico’s revolutionary art scene. He was involved in several groups and movements including the Estridentista movement and was also a founding member of the Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolucionarios (LEAR). In addition to his influence in Mexico, Cueto was linked with Modernist movements abroad, including the Parisian group Cercle et Carré. While Cueto was a pivotal member of several avant-garde movements, he also had a deep inter- est in traditional Mexican art, which was most strongly expressed in the form of masks. In addition, Cueto is well known for his monumental abstract sculptures, which have become part of the pan- theon of public sculptures in Mexico City. Among them is Cueto’s El Corredor, made for the Route of Friendship for the XIX Olympic Games held in Mexico City in 1968.
Although he did not receive the recognition that many of his contemporaries did during his lifetime, Cueto participated in number of exhibitions. During his time in Paris, he exhibited with the Cercle et le Carré group. After returning to Mexico, he showed in several major galleries including: Galería de Arte Mexicano in Mexico City in 1932 and again in 1944 for a major solo exhibition, UNAM Gallery in 1933, Mont-Oredain Gallery in Mexico City in 1948, Glardecor Gallery in Mexico City in 1951, Salón de la Plástica Mexicana in 1954, Excélsior Gallery and Proteo Gallery in Mexico City in 1955, and the Instituto Francés de América Latina in1960. Since his death, Cueto has been featured in major retrospective exhibitions including: Germán Cueto, 1893- 1975: Homenaje a Sus 60 Años De Labor Artística: Esculturas, Pinturas, Dibujos, Esmaltes y Otras Técnicas, Museo de Arte Moderno (1981); and Germán Cueto, Museo Reina Sofia (2005). He is currently included in México 1900-1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde on view at the Dallas Museum of Art (previously presented at the Grand Palais, Paris), and Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism 1910-1950, which will open at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in June (previously presented at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City).