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Daniel Guzmán

Daniel Guzmán is known for dramatic, politically charged, and ironic drawings that often include

text. Aside from these drawings, which revel in the grotesque and the obscene, his restless

and wide-ranging oeuvre also includes painting, installation, video, and sculpture composed of

found objects. Guzmán’s artistic influences are primarily Mexican, and range from the ancient,

such as Aztec art and sculpture, to the modern and contemporary, including nineteenth-century

caricaturist José Guadalupe Posada, muralist José Clemente Orozco (whom he once referred to as

his favorite artist), and Modernist painter José Luis Cuevas. Guzmán also gleans inspiration from

the later figurative work of American Modernist Philip Guston, German Expressionist Otto Dix, as

well as writing by Charles Bukowski and William S. Burroughs, and US and Mexican rock music

from the 1970s and 1980s. Although his work may be graphic and even shocking, it is more

than a crude depiction of violence. Guzmán’s ultimate goal is to increase awareness of Mexico’s

contemporary cultural and social issues.