Rojo, Vicente (1932–)

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Rojo, Vicente (1932–)

Vicente Rojo (b. 1932), Spanish painter working in Mexico. Born in Barcelona, Rojo moved in 1949 to Mexico, where he has lived ever since. He is one of the most important exponents of geometric art in Mexico. He studied painting at the Escuela de Pintura y Escultura (La Esmeralda) in Mexico City, and privately with Arturo Souto. He also worked as an assistant for the exiled Spanish artist Miguel Prieto. Rojo's works are in series. From 1966 to 1981 he created the series Señales (Signs), Negaciones (Negations), Recuerdos (Memories), and Mexico bajo la lluvia (Mexico Under the Rain). From the late 1980s dates the series Códices (Codices), in which Rojo incorporates symbols used in pre-Columbian writing. Escenas (Scenes), a series that draws on pre-Columbian imagery, dates from 1992–1993. Rojo's work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions in Mexico, the United States, and Europe. In 1997, he had an exhibition at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. In 1998, he was elected a member of Mexico's Colegio Nacional.

See alsoArt: The Twentieth Century; Indigenous Languages.


Juan García Ponce, Vicente Rojo (1971).

Jorge Alberto Manrique, Ida Rodríguez Prampolini, Juan Ache, Xavier Moyssén, and Teresa Del Conde, El geometrismo mexicano (1977).

Museo De Arte Moderno De México, Vicente Rojo, (1981).

Additional Bibliography

Dreben, Lelia. Vicente Rojo: El arte de las variaciones sutiles. Mexico City: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, Dirección General de Publicaciones, 1996.

Rojo, Vicente. Vicente Rojo: Dos estaciones. Monterrey, Mexico: Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, 2006.

                                         Ilona Katzew