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Antonio Sotomayor papers, circa 1920-1988

Sotomayor, Antonio, 1904-1985

Muralist, Painter, Educator, Illustrator

Collection Information

Size: 1.6 Linear feet

Summary: The collection documents the career of painter and illustrator, Antonio Sotomayor, his interest in Latin American art and artists, and his association with the San Francisco arts community. Materials found in the collection include letters, writings, sketches and sketchbooks, printed material and photographs.

Biographical/Historical 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.

Provenance

The Antonio Sotomayor papers were donated to the Archives of American Art by Grace Sotomayor in 1998.