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Ángel Zárraga

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameÁngel•Zárraga Argüelles
Used nameÁngel•Zárraga
Other namesÁngel Zárraga y Argüelles
Born16 August 1886 in Durango, Durango (MEX)
Died22 September 1946 in Ciudad de México (Mexico City), Ciudad de México (MEX)
NOC Mexico

Biography

Ángel Zárraga was a well-known Mexican painter and poet and became one of the great figures of Mexican culture in the first half of the 20th century. He came from a well-off family and studied in Mexico City at the National School of Fine Arts along with the famous painters Diego Rivera and Saturnino Herrán. Zárraga got in contact with intellectuals and artists of the Mexican Youth Athenaeum movement and the art magazine Revista Moderna. He later went to Europe and had successful exhibitions in Spain, Italy and France. After a return to Mexico Zárraga settled in France, where he lived for over 30 years. Here, he adopted influences of Cubism and Impressionism but also of the Renaissance. Zárraga’s murals, especially in churches, brought him international fame as a muralist and decorator of large spaces. As a member of the Mexican diplomatic corps, he served for several years as a cultural attaché at the Mexican Embassy.

When he exhibited in New York during the Great Depression and the collapse of the international art market, Zárraga lost sponsors and friends. He became depressed, preferring mystical and religious subjects. To escape from World War II, he returned to his home country and created murals, notably in the Monterrey cathedral. As a poet, he left poems and aesthetic notes reflecting his artistic activities. He died of pneumonia leaving unfinished his murals planned for the Biblioteca México.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Art Competitions MEX Ángel Zárraga
Painting, Paintings, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Paintings, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Paintings, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Paintings, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Paintings, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Paintings, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Paintings, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Paintings, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Paintings, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Paintings, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Paintings, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Paintings, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Paintings, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Paintings, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Paintings, Open (Olympic) AC
Painting, Paintings, Open (Olympic) AC
1932 Summer Olympics Art Competitions MEX Ángel Zárraga
Unknown Event, Open (Olympic) AC