Description

    OCTAVIO MEDELLIN (1907-1999)
    Vortex
    Rock, metal and wire
    48in. x 9in. x 12in.
    Signed

    Octavio Medellin was born in Mexico and came to San Antonio in 1920 at the age of 17. He studied at the San Antonio School of Art with Xavier Gonzalez and Jose Arpa. In 1928 he started taking night classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. From 1929 to 1931 Medellin moved to Mexico and studied the art and civilizations of the Maya and Toltec. Living among natives in a dirt floor hut, Medellin immersed himself in Mexican culture. He traveled to small villages in Mexico studying native and primitive crafts. While in Mexico he became friends with Carlos Merida who remained an influence and friend for life.

    Upon returning to San Antonio, Medellin taught sculpture at the Witte Museum. He influenced generations of Texas artists through his teaching posts at the Witte Museum, North Texas State Teachers College, Southern Methodist University, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts.

    Texas' most acclaimed sculptor, Medellin exhibits include the San Antonio Local Artists Annual Exhibition, Texas Artists Circuit Exhibition, Fort Worth Annual Artists Exhibition, Texas Centennial Exposition, National Exhibition of American Art (Rockefeller Center), Texas Fine Arts Association, Witte Museum, New York World's Fair 1939, Texas General Exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, Dallas Museum Fine Arts, National Academy of Design, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery.

    After the 1950's, Octavio Medellin's sculpture became abstract and utilized additional materials such as glass, metal and plastic, compared to his earlier works utilizing natural materials such as wood, rock and clay.

    Provenance: Family of Octavio Medellin



    Estimate: $4,000 - $8,000.

    Condition Report*:

    Excellent condition. A light surface cleaning to remove dust would improve the sculpture.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2006
    10th Saturday
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