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Rafael Coronel

Rafael Coronel (1932-2019), a Mexican painter and son-in-law of Diego Rivera, is known for his representational artworks characterized by a melancholic sobriety. His paintings often feature faces of past masters, depicted in a diffuse haze. Coronel's works are displayed in Mexico and internationally.

The Rafael Coronel Museum, located in the 16th-century convent of San Francisco De Almoloyan y De Asis in Zacatecas, houses his extensive mask collection. Growing up with artistic inclinations, Coronel studied at Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado "La Esmeralda," developing a unique artistic style. Despite his paintings focusing on popular themes, they are not spontaneous but carefully crafted.


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