Mar 222012

Riestra, Adolfo (1944-1989)

Adolfo Riestra, a sculptor and painter, who also did drawings, was born in Tepic, Nayarit in 1944. He died in Mexico City in 1989, just one day after a major exhbition of his work opened at Galeria OMR.

Riestra studied law in the Universidad de Guanajuato (1962-66) and painting in the Taller de Jesús Gallardo. Riestra lived in San Franciso, California, for a time, where he worked with John Hamilton in the Potrero Hill Graphics Workshop. He later lived in Ajijic, Tepoztlán, Mexico City and France.

Riestra lived in Ajijic 1972/3 for sure, and probably from mid 1971 to around 1975/76. Riestra lived in Peter Huf’s house on Constitución–where Tom’s Bar is now (2013). (Alan Bowers, personal communication). His partner was Wendy Jones; they had 2 children.

In 1972, Riestra exhibited in a show with Adolfo Luis Cuevas. Rietra’s work was influenced by the 1968 Mexico City student massacre. After Ajijic, his work increasingly focused on making sculptures based on archaeological and folk art from Metepec, Colima and his native Nayarit.

Riestra’s paintings include two entitled “Retrato de Alan Bowers.” His works are in collections around the world.

Riestra’s brother Jaime (whose wife is Patricia Ortiz Monasterio) owns Galleria OMR in Mexico City where much of his art still resides.

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