If ever there were a renaissance artist in the XXI century, Edmundo Aquino is one. His talent spans virtually every genre – from traditional academic drawings, to abstract oil painting, to woven tapestries, to lithographies, prints and engravings, to bronze sculpture to glass art. You name the art form and Edmundo has mastered it. Not allowing his creative expression to be hampered by a single artistic form, he continues to experiment with content and form.
When asked how he categorizes himself, he very politely claims he is a “visual artist” refusing to pigeon-hole himself with a specific adjective, or favorite style. The eternal iconoclast, he has opted to spurn many well known galleries in Mexico City to afford himself the freedom of expression to promote his works personally, which is why he is perhaps better known in European circles and in the United States than in Mexico, where his pieces are showed with frequency. To be fair, he does have pieces in the permanent collection of the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico, it just seems that he has not been given his due recognition here in Mexico!
Of Zapotec descent, born in the small Indian village of Zimatlan in the Valley of Oaxaca, Edmundo’s creative drive brought him to Mexico City in 1949, at the tender age of 9. Not only a graduate of the San Carlos Academy of Fine Arts, but also a former teacher there (as well as at the Fine Arts School in Oaxaca), his career came at the heels of the Greats who passed through those halls – Rivera, Siqueiros, Tamayo, Orozco, Dr. Atl, some of whom he had the pleasure of meeting personally.
Edmundo believes that his greatest achievement has been to live as an artist for over 50 years dedicated to his profession and creative production. His art is, indeed, a reflection of the many cultures and artists that have touched his life from around the world, which is why he considers himself an heir to the whole tradition of art, and is very motivated by Mexican culture, as well as by all contemporary manifestations of art. Another rewarding facet of his creativity is the promotion of social and cultural activities in his hometown and other nearby towns and villages in his native Oaxaca.
Edmundo has written part of his memoirs, some poetry and many short texts about artistic creation. His latest challenge is blending his narrative production with a visual accent. Without a doubt Edmundo Aquino is one of the most versatile and creative Mexico artists around today. Although the artist is not showing his works publicly at this time, he often participates in collective exhibits. His next show is scheduled for 2012 at the Casa Limantour in Mexico City.