Mexico, Mar 17 (EFE) .- The Mexican painter and sculptor of Spanish origin Vicente Rojo died this Wednesday at the age of 89 in Mexico City, reported the National College, an academic institution “in which he remained active at all times.”
“It is with great sadness that I report the death of Vicente Rojo, a great artist and enormous human being. A dear companion at the National College. A strong and supportive hug to Barbara (his wife), his family and friends. Rest in peace,” he also confirmed on Twitter the lawyer José Ramón Cossío, Rojo’s colleague at the National College.
“In addition to being one of the most outstanding visual artists of his generation, Vicente Rojo collaborated in the founding of editorials, cultural supplements and other publications that defined the cultural life of Mexico in the second half of the twentieth century”, highlighted the National College in a statement.
Vicente Rojo was born on March 15, 1932 in Barcelona, the city from which he went into exile to Mexico in 1949.
In his host country, the artist studied painting and typography and enjoyed enormous prestige and recognition as one of the most important authors of abstractionism in Mexico.
Rojo carried out extensive work as a graphic designer, painter and sculptor for more than fifty years.
In addition, he collaborated in the founding of editorials, cultural supplements and other publications that defined the cultural life of Mexico in the second half of the 20th century.
Throughout his career, Vicente Rojo presented numerous individual exhibitions and participated in countless group shows around the world.
His work has been shown in group exhibitions in several prestigious venues in Mexico, the United States, Spain and Germany.
Vicente Rojo was awarded in 1991 the National Prize for the Arts awarded by the National Council for Culture and the Arts (Conaculta), and has received the Medal of Merit in Fine Arts awarded by the Spanish Government.
In 1993 he was appointed creator emeritus by the National System of Art Creators.
He was also a doctor “honoris causa” by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and also well known as the designer of the first cover of “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, the famous novel by Colombian Gabriel García Márquez.