Mar 192015
Jaime Lopez Bermudez, artist and architect

Jaime López Bermudez (ca 1920-) is a Mexican artist and architect who lived and worked for at least several months in Ajijic in the mid-1940s. His stay there is briefly described in an article published in 1945 by American author Neill James, who had moved to Ajijic a couple of years earlier. Jaime López Bermudez, […]

Mar 162015
Outdoors in Western Mexico, Volume 2, by John and Susy Pint

Never content to rest on their laurels, John and Susy Pint have published a second volume of Outdoors in Western Mexico. This volume is bilingual; the Spanish title is Al aire libre en las cercanías de Guadalajara, 2. Outdoors in Western Mexico, Volume 2, continues where the first volume, Outdoors in Western Mexico (2011) left […]

Mar 132015
Oscar Collier (1924-1998): Indian space painting

Oscar Collier was born 26 Feb 1924 in Waco, Texas, and died 3 July 1998. He and his second wife Gladys lived in Ajijic for six months sometime in the late 1950s, while he was still actively painting. In this oral history interview in 1994 by Stephen Polcari, Collier talks about his childhood in Texas, […]

Mar 092015
Esther Tapia de Castellanos (1842-1897), poet

Esther Tapia Ruíz de Castellanos was born in Morelia, Michoacán, on 9 May 1842, and died in Guadalajara on 8 January 1897. She married Ignacio Castellanos and wrote what is believed to be the earliest poem of any substance specifically about the lake. The Castellanos family was one of wealthiest land-owning families on the north […]

Mar 052015
Charles Frederick Surendorf (1906-1979)

Born 9 Nov 1906 in Richmond, Indiana, Charles Frederick Surendorf was an artist and printmaker, whose intricate linoleum block prints were often compared in quality to the much-acclaimed work of Thomas Hart Benton. Surendorf studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York, as well as two semesters at […]

Mar 022015
Joe Rayter's "Stab in the Dark", a murder mystery set in Guadalajara

American sculptor and art historian Mary Fuller (McChesney) and her husband Robert Pearson McChesney, also an artist, spent 1951-1952 in Mexico, living in Ajijic and San Miguel de Allende. Shortly afterwards, Mary Fuller wrote three detective novels, one of which was set in the Guadalajara art scene, using the pseudonym “Joe Rayter”. She also wrote […]

Feb 262015
Painter and musician Gustavo Sendis (1941-1989)

The distinguished painter and musician Gustavo Sendis divided much of his time between Guadalajara, where he was born in 1941, and his family’s second home in Ajijic. He became interested in art at an early age and studied drawing with Jorge Navarro and Ernesto Butterlin. His love of guitar music and painting took him to […]

Feb 232015
Jocotepec in the mid-1950s: Lysander Kemp's "The Perils of Paradise"

Lysander Kemp (1920-1992) was a writer, poet, professor and translator. He was head editor of the University of Texas Press from 1966 to 1975, during which time he collaborated with numerous great Mexican and Latin American writers to publish superb translations of their work. Kemp lived for several years in Jocotepec, at the western end […]

Feb 192015
Robert Pearson McChesney (1913-2008), abstract painter

Robert Pearson McChesney (1913-2008) was a noted California abstract artist, a pioneer of the abstract expressionism (ab-ex) movement, and one of the leading figures of American Modernism. Robert “Mac” McChesney and his second wife, sculptor and author Mary Fuller McChesney, moved to Mexico in 1951 as a direct result of losing their jobs during the […]

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Feb 162015
Bart Spicer, writer of detective and spy mysteries

Journalist and novelist Bart Spicer was born Albert Samuel Spicer on 13 April 1918 in Richmond, Virginia. He legally changed his name to Bart in 1964. He was married to Betty Coe, and died 15 February 1978 in Tucson, Arizona. While the precise dates are unclear, Spicer certainly visited Ajijic several times, mainly in the […]