Coronel, Rafael (1931–)

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Coronel, Rafael (1931–)

Rafael Coronel is a Mexican painter and collector of masks, puppets and other artwork, much of which is on display at the Rafael Coronel Museum in his native city of Zacatecas. The son-in-law of renowned Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, Coronel has shown at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Royal Museum of Art and History in Brussels, and the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City. He is known for portraits with subtle colors and somewhat foggy appearances. Coronel's older brother Pedro (1923–1985) was also an accomplished artist. A museum in Pedro Coronel's name, also in Zacatecas, boasts a fine collection of pre-Columbian art as well as paintings by Picasso, Dalí, and others.

See alsoCoronel, Pedro; Rivera, Diego.


Coronel. Rafael, Rafael Coronel: Cincuenta años de pintura, 1949–1999. Mexico City: Instituto de Seguridad y Servicios Sociales de los Trabajadores del Estado, 1999.

                                      Patrick Barr-Melej