Ángel Bracho, known as the "artist of the people," was born on February 14, 1911, in Mexico City. Despite his humble beginnings, his passion for the arts led him to a prominent career in the world of Mexican art.
From a young age, Bracho worked in various trades, including truck driver, butcher's assistant, house painter, and barber. However, his true calling awakened when he began taking night classes at the Academy of San Carlos in 1928. During his time at the academy, he studied under the guidance of Diego Rivera and Rufino Tamayo, which influenced his artistic development.
His artistic career took off in 1935 when he collaborated on the decoration of the Abelardo Rodríguez market in Mexico City. From then on, Bracho became a prominent member of the League of Revolutionary Writers and Artists and later one of the founders of the Taller de Gráfica Popular (TGP) in 1948.
The TGP was known for its political and social commitment, and Bracho contributed his art to the dissemination of messages related to workers' struggles and social criticism. His prints and posters became icons of the group and were circulated both in Mexico and abroad.
In addition to his work with the TGP, Bracho was also a prominent teacher of plastic arts. In 1936, he participated in the Cultural Missions, where he taught art in various states of Mexico. Later, he worked as an advisor in art education programs in primary schools.
Throughout his career, Bracho developed a distinctive graphic style characterized by its simplicity, precision, and attention to detail. His works reflected the daily life of Mexicans, workers, and the landscapes of Mexico. Furthermore, his prints focused on important social and political issues of his time.
Ángel Bracho received numerous awards throughout his career, including the first prize in engraving in Buenos Aires in 1960 and a gold medal for his work in xylography at the Latin American Competition in Buenos Aires. His work was exhibited worldwide, including in the Americas and Europe.
Bracho was a passionate artist who made significant contributions to Mexican art and culture. His legacy endures through his art and his influence on the Taller de Gráfica Popular. He passed away on February 1, 2005, in Mexico City, leaving a lasting impact on the world of art.