Chucho Reyes was a Mexican painter, collector and antiquarian who lived in the cities of Guadalajara and Mexico City. One of the outstanding and original artistic personalities of the twentieth-century in Mexican Art, he is considered an example of aesthetics set beside othergreat artists like Mathias Goeritz, Juan Soriano, Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall, who called him “the Mexican Chagall”. In his work are incorporated a contemporary view, icons and materials of the Mexican popular culture, especially the role of tissue paper.
The contemporary Mexican painter David Alfaro Siqueiros said it best when describing Reyes’ influence and inspiration:
“... A folklorist painter? No way! That would be an aberration: Jesus Reyes Ferreira is an authentic and great creator of popular roots. More of a creator, who does not invent a popular or retrospective style in the same way that all formalists of today do... the folklorist style comes from inside him, from his body, his emotion, and not from his intellect or head. Thus, he is Mexican in an integral way and an example of aesthetics to us...”
￼David Alfaro Siqueiros