Eunice and Peter Huf are artists who met in Mexico in the 1960s and lived in Ajijic on Lake Chapala for several years, before relocating to Europe with their two sons in the early 1970s.
Peter Huf was born 2 May 1940 in Kaufbeuren in southern Germany. He started painting in Paris in 1960, and lived in Paris and in the United States prior to moving to Ajijic in Mexico.
Eunice (Hunt) Huf was born in 1933 in Alberta, Canada and she studied painting in Edmonton and Vancouver. She had worked as a freelance artist in Canada and Arizona before deciding to visit Mexico.
In Ajijic, they were sufficiently successful to live off their art.
Peter and Eunice Huf lived in Ajijic from sometime in 1967 until June 1972. Shortly after arriving in Ajijic, they were invited (by Ray Alvorado, a singer and public relations manager of the hotel) to show every Sunday afternoon at the Camino Real hotel in Guadalajara. Peter and Eunice were founder members of a small group of artists, known as Grupo 68, that exhibited regularly there. Grupo 68 initially had 5 members: Peter Huf, Eunice Huf, Jack Rutherford, John Peterson and (Don) Shaw (who was known only by his surname). Jack Rutherford dropped out of the group after a few months, but the remaining four stayed together until 1971.
Peter and Eunice Huf had exhibitions in Guadalajara (with Jose Maria de Servin) at Galería 8 de Julio, and in Tlaquepaque at Ken Edwards, and in Ajijic, in either their own studios or at Laura Bateman’s gallery. In 1969, the Hufs co-founded their own gallery “La Galería”, located on Calle Zaragoza at its intersection with Juarez.
Eunice Huf had a solo show in 1968, sponsored by the Mexican Olympic program at Galeria 8 de Julio in Guadalajara. Her show was followed by a solo show of works by Georg Rauch also under the patronage of Senora Holt and the Olympics.
Peter Huf had a one man show at the Goethe Institut in Guadalajara in 1970.
Before leaving Mexico (with every intention of returning), they illustrated a short 32-page booklet entitled Mexico My Home. Primitive Art and Modern Poetry With 50 easy to learn Spanish words and phrases. For all children from 8 to 80, published in Guadalajara by Boutique d’Artes Graficas in 1972. The poems in the booklet were written by Ira N. Nottonson, who was also living in Ajijic at the time. The illustrations in the book are Mexican naif in style, whereas their own art tended to be far more abstract or surrealist.
On moving to Europe, the couple lived in Malaga in southern Spain for a time, before settling in 1974 in the Allgäu region of southern Germany. The couple share a studio in the town of Aitrang. Their work, known for the use of bright colors, has appeared regularly in exhibitions over the years, with both artists winning many awards along the way. Despite their earlier intentions, they never did return to Mexico.
Both artists are regulars at Munich’s Schwabing Christmas Market, held annually since 1975. In 1994, Peter Huf founded The Art Tent at this market. The Art Tent, which Huf has overseen ever since, gives some twenty artists – “painters, sculptors, object artists, and conceptual artists” – “an opportunity to escape from the tightness of their booth and to display bigger works”, and has become a big attraction.
While Peter Huf’s work often incorporates geometric patterns and is usually painted with acrylics, Eunice Huf’s paintings are usually oils, described by one reviewer as shaped by the open expanses of her native Canadian prairies.
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