Rafael Coronel was a Mexican artist born in Zacatecas in 1931.
He was the son-in-law of Diego Rivera.
After studying in La Escuela Nacional de Pintura y Escultura La Esmeralda, he went on to form his own style of painting which subsequently earned him solo shows. These shows helped expose the world to his artwork and spread his popularity.
Coronel traveled to Spain where he became impressed by the work of Francisco Goya and led him to receive the Cordoba prize at the 8th Sao Paolo Art Biennial. He also assembled a collection of over 5,000 Mexican masks that he eventually donated to a museum named for him in Zacatecas, his birthplace.
He died on May 7, 2019.
MAN WITH A MASK
ARTIST: Rafael Coronel (Mexican, born in 1931)
MEDIA: Oil on canvas (óleo/tela)
MARKINGS: signed lower left, dedicated to Juan Luis Guerra on the reverse
SIZE: 38.5 x 48 in. – 100 x 124 cm
PROVENANCE: Gift from the artist to Juan Luis Guerra, Mexico, 1992