Mexican Masters

Politec enjoys a unique legacy with these testimonies from the Mexican master mural artists.

Politec Acrylic paint has been the professional artists choice for over 65 years. Just read the following testimonials from many of the Mexican master mural artists of the 20th century and their experience using Politec Acrylic Paints.

GorgeGorge Gonzales Camarena

Gorge Gonzales Camarena  (1908-1980)

“Although I painted a mural with vinylite plastics in 1952, I have found Politec much easier to apply. I can achieve what I want more readily. The luminosity of colors is incomparable. I use nothing else but Politec. At present (April 1963) I am painting a mural in the Palace of Fine Arts, with Politec of course.”

Gorge Gonzales Camarena was a prominent Mexican painter, muralist and sculptor who received the Mexican National Prize for Arts and Sciences for his portrait of Michelangelo Buonarotti, which hangs at his birthplace at Caprese, he was awarded the Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana in 1967. Camarena painted  a 4,000 square foot mural in Chile, titled ‘Presencia de America Latina’ as a gift from the Mexican government. His color palette consisted of only ten half pints of Politec acrylic plus primer and sealer.

 


Carlos Mérida

Carlos Mérida  (1891-1984)

“Only a man dedicated to his work, as Maestro Gutierrez is, could have done what he has, giving with love and experience this medium, Politec, to his fellow artists. I have used Politec on all kinds of surfaces, wood, canvas, cement, and paper. Politec gives the finish I desire, be it shiny, matte, rough, smooth. In some of my work I have achieved the finish of Japanese and Chinese lacquers: on some the paint looks like inlaid work. That is what I have to say about “Gutierrez” paints.”

Carlos Merida studied at the Instituto de Artes y Artesanias in Guatemala City and Queltzaltenango. He lived in Paris, and after traveling through Europe; he made his home in México where he became active in the Mexican mural painting school. In 1927 he abandoned his figurative style to become one of México first non-figurative artists. His later works formed a link to the Mayan world with geometric elements. He integrated into his paintings, indigenous “papel amate” (barkwood paper). Merida created numerous murals in México and Guatemala and his works can be found in many major international museums.

 


Juan O’Gorman

Juan O’Gorman  (1905-1982)

“I tested Politec colors for two years on the roof of my house, in the weather. After comparing them with other mediums, oils, temperas of well-known trade names, I decided in favor of Politec. I was so pleased that my last mural, at the National Institute of Social Studies, I signed, “Painted with Politec, Juan O’Gorman 1963”.

Juan O’Gorman was born in Coyoacán, a suburb to the south of Mexico City, to an Irish father, Cecil Crawford O’Gorman (a painter himself) and a Mexican mother. In the 1920s he studied architecture at the Academy of San Carlos, the Art and Architecture school at the National Autonomous University. He became a well-known architect, worked on the new Bank of Mexico building, and under the influence of Le Corbusier introduced modern functionalist architecture to Mexico City with his 1929 houses at San Angel.

 


Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera  (1886 – 1957)

“Maestro Gutierrez, I have used your medium Politec on a very small scale, but I do not hesitate to recommend this medium to all the art students in the schools of Mexico.” (This statement was made during a conference in 1955)

Diego Rivera was a prominent Mexican painter born in Guanajuato, Guanajuato, an active communist, and husband of Frida Kahlo (1929–1939 and 1940–1954). His large wall works in fresco helped establish the Mexican Mural Renaissance. Between 1922 and 1953, Rivera painted murals among others in Mexico City, Chapingo, Cuernavaca, San Francisco, Detroit, and New York City. In 1931, a retrospective exhibition of his works was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

 


José David Alfaro Siqueiros

José David Alfaro Siqueiros  (1896 – 1974)

“The medium that José L. Gutierrez has produced and perfected is a great contribution to 20th Century Art. Although in prison I am using Politec for all my work, no other medium could possibly give me the ease of manipulation with my restricted facilities and limited space. I do not hesitate to recommend Politec to all my colleagues, teachers and students. There is as much difference between Politec and other mediums as there is between the burro and jet propelled motors. I have known Gutierrez for the past 330 years as a tenacious researcher. The fruits of his investigations we enjoy today. (Siqueiros, Preventive Prison, Mexico D.F.)”

José David Alfaro Siqueiros was a social realist painter, known for his large murals in fresco that helped establish the Mexican Mural Renaissance, together with works by Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco, and also a member of the Mexican Communist Party who participated in an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Leon Trotsky in May 1940.

 


Rufino Tamayo

Rufino Tamayo  (1899 -1991)

“I have used different plastics recommended to me by Jose L. Gutierrez. I have painted murals directly on the walls, and portable. One of them I painted at the UNESCO Building in Paris was done with Politec. At present (April 1963) I am painting two more for the flagship of Israel. They will be set as soon as they are finished. I am very pleased with the medium. It has all the possibilities to vary textures and transparencies.”

Tamayo was a Mexican painter active in the mid-20th century in Mexico and New York, painting figurative abstraction with surrealist influences. Tamayo’s Zapotec heritage was an early influence. He was orphaned and moved to Mexico City to live with his aunt. He enrolled at Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas to study art. Tamayo experimented with and was influenced by Cubism, Impressionism, and Fauvism; and other art movements of the time, but with a distinctly Mexican feeling.

 


Alfredo Torres Zalce

Alfredo Torres Zalce  (1908 – 2003)

“Gutierrez, Polites is simply marvelous. I have just finished a mural in a bank in Monterrey, measuring about 20 meters. I was reluctant to use Politec; I thought I was going to spend at least six months in painting this bank mural. Instead, I spent only six weeks, and at the same time did 25 casual paintings. I am so happy about the medium, that all my colleagues who were also reluctant to use Politec have been convinced of its tremendous possibilities. Thank you for your contribution to all painters.”

Alfredo Torres Zalce was one of the leading figures of modern Mexican art. His most consistent themes are landscapes, rural markets, indigenous women and animals of the region. He is the author of many works located in Michoacan, Mexico, among which are murals inside the Government Palace, which embodied different aspects of Michoacan Indian life.