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Antonio Sotomayor papers, circa 1920-1988

Antonio Sotomayor papers, circa 1920-1988

Sotomayor, Antonio, 1904-1985

Muralist, Painter, Educator, Illustrator

Collection Information

Size: 1.7 linear feet

Summary: Letters, writings, sketches and sketchbooks, printed material, and photographs concern Sotomayor's career as a painter and illustrator, his interest in Latin American art and artists, and his association with the San Francisco arts community.

Biographical/Historical Note

Antonio Sotomayor (1923-1985) was a painter, muralist, illustrator, caricaturist, and educator from San Francisco, California.

Provenance

Donated 1988 by Grace Sotomayer, widow of Antonio Sotomayor.

A Finding Aid to the Antonio Sotomayor Papers,
circa 1920-1988
, in the Archives of American Art
AAA.sotoanto
Author
Finding aid prepared by Stephanie Ashley
Biographical Note
Antonio Sotomayor was born in Bolvia and came to San Francisco in 1923. He was educated at the Escuela de Belleas Arts in La Paz and the Hopkins Institute of Art in San Francisco. Primarily known for his murals and paintings, Sotomayor was also an illustrator, caricaturist, designer, ceramicist, and educator. Over the course of his career his work was exhibited in the United States, France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, and South America and he became known as the popular "artist laureate" of San Francisco where he lived with his wife, Grace. He died of cancer in 1985 at the age of 82.
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as six series:
Series 1: Correspondence, 1931-1988, undated (box 1, 21 folders)
Series 2: Writings, 1932-1946, undated (box 1, 11 folders)
Series 3: Artwork, 1935, undated (box 1, 23 folders)
Series 4: Printed Material, 1935-1987 (boxes 1-2, 12 folders)
Series 5: Photographs, circa 1920-1984, undated (box 2, 13 folders)
Series 6: Oversized Material, 1941, 1958, undated (2 OV folders)
Scope and Content Note
The collection consists primarily of correspondence, writings, artwork, printed material, and photographs documenting Sotomayor's career, his interest in Latin American art and artists, and his association with the San Francisco arts community.
Provenance
Donated 1988 by Grace Sotomayer, widow of Antonio Sotomayor.
Processing Information
The collection was processed by Kim Wheeler in 1993.

Additional Forms Available

The collection is available on microfilm reels 4792-4793. The microfilm is available for interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Antonio Sotomayor papers, circa 1920-1988. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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