Leopoldo Morales Praxedis
Leopoldo Morales Praxedis

1953 Apizaco, Tlaxcala, Mexico

Leopoldo Morales Praxedis, a renowned printmaker born in Apizaco, Tlaxcala, in 1953, has left a significant mark in the world of art and printmaking in Mexico and beyond. His artistic career and contributions to the cultural sphere are noteworthy.

From 1974 to 1981, Morales Praxedis was an active member of the Taller de Gráfica Popular, an iconic space in Mexico where artists came together in pursuit of an art that could promote social change and education, a tradition dating back to the 1920s and 1930s when Mexican graphic art began gaining worldwide recognition.

In addition to his artistic work, Leopoldo Morales Praxedis also dedicated himself to teaching in the artistic field, being a part of the Artistic Education Section of the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA). In 1989, he was honored with the title of Lifetime Fellow as a producer of artistic work by INBA, highlighting his commitment and contribution to the world of art.

Morales Praxedis's legacy extends beyond the borders of Mexico. In 1994, he co-founded the artistic collective Grupo de Vagoni in Granada, where he collaborated with other prominent Mexican printmakers. His efforts to promote Mexican printmaking drew the attention of international masters in this discipline, including figures like Wolfgang Hunecke, Francisco Álvarez, Jacinto Lara, and others.

His works are housed in significant collections, such as those of the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA), the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas, the Institute of Tlaxcala Culture, the Autonomous University of Tlaxcala, and the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley.

Leopoldo Morales Praxedis also participated in cultural exchange projects, such as "Chuee-Taxua," which fostered collaboration between the Amuzga community and visual and textile artists from Mexico, Canada, the United States, and Spain.

His commitment to cultural dissemination and his contribution to the artistic scene in Mexico are evident throughout his career. His legacy will endure as a testament to the power of art to transcend borders and promote cultural understanding.