Francisco Toledo - Fabulas de Esopo at Arte Americas in Fresno, frenso

Presented in partnership with 
The Consulado de Mexico, Fresno

Francisco Toledo is regarded by many as Mexico’s most important and provocative living artist, working in an erotic, humorous, and mythical vein. In this exhibition facilitated by the Consulado de México, Toledo uses his artistic mastery for a unique approach to illustrating Aesop's Fables.

Fábulas de Esopo is immersed in the characters of the fables, strongly anchored in the oral tradition and morals embedded in them. The origin of this series of works came from the discovery of an edition of Aesop’s Fables printed in Oaxaca by Ignacio Rincón in 1849.  The pieces are produced in different intaglio techniques: etching, sugar aquatint and drypoint.

Born in 1940 in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, Toledo migrated to the capital city to attend the Benito Juarez Autonomous University.  At the age of 17, the artist studied in Mexico City, with celebrated painter Rufino Tamayo, and from 1960-1965 he lived in Paris, painting, exhibiting, and eventually making many editions of graphic work in the studio of Stanley William Hayter. 

 Toledo’s work was recognized by many French critics including Andre Pieyre de Mandiargues, who said, "I know of no other modern artist who is so naturally penetrated with a sacred conception of the universe and a sacred sense of life...approached myth and magic with such seriousness and simplicity inspired by ritual and fable."