Francisco Toledo (b. 1940, Mexico) held his first solo exhibition in 1959. In 1960, he moved to Paris, where he met other important artists, including Max Ernst and Rufino Tamayo. Over the next three years, Toledo established an international reputation, with solo exhibitions in Paris, London, and New York. In 1965 he returned to Mexico, where he developed stronger ties with his native culture. Thereafter, he traveled frequently, living in Paris, Barcelona, and New York.
Returning to Oaxaca in 1989, Toledo became a tireless advocate for human rights, ecological awareness, and cultural preservation and profusion. Francisco Toledo is an artist of vast formal range and varied iconography. Individual works may combine oil paint, watercolor, sand and collage. More than a formal enlivening of his art, Toledo's use of diverse materials reflects a worldview unbounded by categorization and hierarchy. This exhibition will feature the artist's recent self-portraits.
Toledo's past solo exhibitions include: the XLVII Venice Biennale, Venice, the Whitechapel Gallery, London, and the Reina Sofía Museum, Madrid.