Francisco Zúñiga Mexican, 1912-1998


Sculptor, painter, and print maker Francisco Zuñiga was born in Costa Rica. He studied drawing, stone sculpture, and engraving at the School of Fine Arts in San Jose. Later, in 1936, he studied stone carving at La Esmeralda in Mexico City. He was appointed to the faculty of La Esmeralda where he remained until his retirement in 1970.

Zuñiga's art reflects a love and respect for Central American people and traditions. In 1972, he created his first lithograph. As a complement to his emotionally powerful sculpture, Zuñiga's paintings are intended to articulate the sensitivity and sensuality of the human figure.

He has been the recipient of numerous international prizes and awards. His work is exhibited throughout the world. His work can be found in the permanent collections of twenty-nine museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Mexican Museum in San Francisco, and the Phoenix Art Museum.


Primer Escultura, Costa Rica

Expos Art Centro Americano, 1935

Premio for Diego Rivera, Second Biennial Inter-Am. Art, 1960

Premio Adquisicion Inst. Nac. Bellas Artes.


Third Sculpture International, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1949

Kunst Mexikaner, Köln, Germany, 1959

Exposition Zuniga, San Diego and Phoenix Art Museum, 1971

Galleria Tasende, Guerrero, Mexico, 1970's

Museums and Public Collections

Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania

Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University

Canton Museum of Art, Ohio

Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon

Harvard Art Museums, Massachusetts

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

Housatonic Museum of Art, Connecticut

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California

Middlehiem Museum, Antwerpen, Belgium

Fogg Art Museum, Massachusetts

Fine Art Galleries, San Diego, CA

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, California

Mus Arte Mod.. Mexico City, Mexico

Phoenix Art Museum, AZ

Wichita Art Museum, Kansas

Wichita State University Outdoor Sculpture Garden, Kansas

Public Commissions

Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, 1958

Monument to Cuauhtemoc, Quito, Ecuador, 1961

Fuentes Monumentales, Mexico City, 1962

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