Arnold Belkin, ‘Éxodo (Exodus)’, 1951, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach

Image rights: © Arnold Belkin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP / Image provided by Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach

Gift of Rod & Susan Reid

About Arnold Belkin

Arnold Belkin is sometimes referred to as the “Canadian son of Mexican Muralism.” Belkin began his artistic training in Canada, but was not interested in the traditional landscape-focus popular at the time. At the age of 14, Belkin discovered the work of Mexican Muralists José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Diego Rivera, and resolved to move to Mexico to take part in their artistic movement. He eventually secured a post as a student and studio assistant of Siqueiros, who became one of the biggest influences in Belkin’s work. Belkin came to produce a number of murals on commission, but also made sculptures, prints, and easel paintings. His works frequently took up themes of utopian futures and the suffering of humanity at present, featuring metallic and robotic figures. He also made sets and costumes for over 40 Mexican stage productions.

Canadian, 1930-1992, Calgary, Canada, based in Mexico City, Mexico