Roger Van Gunten, Zurich, Switzerland, b.1933
The artist studied painting at the School of Arts and Crafts in Zurich. Von Gunten arrived in Mexico in 1957 and was influenced by the Mexican tropics. He developed a style of painting with wildly exuberant canvases depicting fish, women and snails. In addition to being colorful, his works are charged with mythology, idyllic eroticism, humor, irony and landscapes.
Von Gunten became one of the founders of the Rupture movement; a group of artists that fought against the Mexican School of painting.
He has had innumerable individual and collective exhibitions in Mexico and other countries. Among the most well known ones are the retrospective at the Modern Art Museum in 1978, and the individual show at the Fine Arts Palace in 1989, both in Mexico City. Since 1993, Von Gunten has been a member of the National System of Art Creators.