Leopoldo Morales Praxedis (born in 1953 in Apizaco, Tlax., Mexico); from 1974 to 1981 was an active member of the Taller de Gráfica Popular or Popular Graphics Workshop. As teacher, he was affiliated with the artistic education section of the National Fine Arts Institute. Since 1989 he is an INBA fellow for life as producer of works of art, he creates his work inside and outside Mexico. He does this through an international cultural exchange network he has accomplished on its own initiative. His works are in the collection of the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA), National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, Mexic-Arte Museum of Austin, Institute of Tlaxcala Culture, Autonomous University of Tlaxcala. And some maximum House of studies in United States, among others.
Leopoldo Morales Praxedis • El viejo de la danza (The Dance’s Old Man), 2016 Linocut
In 1591 the viceroy Don Luis de Velasco II of Tlaxcala obtained his approval: to have four hundred Tlaxcala families moved to populate strategic sites like Coahuila. That state, within its lagoon region maintains alive its tlaxcaltec heritage through the Dance of the Matlachines, and its Matlachinada is a great dancers’ gathering that has warrior character with line formation, highlighting the use of bow and arrow. The line of good represents Christians and the bad stands for the Moors. Its captain is the old man, who as duality, frightens or distracts the viewer stealing their souls.
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