MARCOS KURTYCZ

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(b. 1934, Pszczyna, Poland) was a pioneering performance and graphic artist. He moved to Mexico in 1968 where he experimented with graphic design and performance art until his death in 1996. Kurtycz was a prominent influence on Mexico’s art scene through his emphasis on ritualistic performance and his recurrent use of the serpent as a form to connect with the city and as archetype symbol. He combined graphic design, axes, and explosives into a new physical and metaphysical language. His actions include Xyzompantli Fax, Galería Sloane Racotta, Mexico City (1990); Coyote Action, Jardin Centenario, Coyoacán, Mexico (1989); Mira, Escuela Nacional de Pintura y Escultura “La Esmeralda”, Mexico City (1988); Zero Village, Yellow Springs Institute in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania (1988); Fuego Mar, the Malecón of Puerto Vallarta (1988); and Kontrol Remoto outside the Tamayo Museum, Mexico City (1987).

Tags: performance artist, graphic artistMexico City, Museo Tamayo