Francisco Zuniga (1912-1998)

Internationally acclaimed sculptor and printmaker Francisco Zuniga was born in Costa Rica. His father was the noted sculptor Manuel Maria Zuniga from whom he learned sculpture, he then studied drawing and engraving at the School of Fine Arts in San Jose. In 1936 he went to Mexico City, then one of the major art centers of the Americas, where he studied at the Escuela de Talla Directa under Guillermo Ruiz and Oliverio Martinez. In Mexico City, Zuniga's style began to develop where he created artworks that focused on the bodies and forms of the natives of Central America. The majority of his work is composed of female forms, generally of peasant stock, in the situations of daily life and motherhood. Francisco Zuniga is well-represented in major museum collections, including those of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and Mexico City, the Phoenix Art Museum, Harvard University, Ponce Art Museum and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.