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Rodolfo Nieto: The Mexican art of drawing with the Spirograph and color pencils

Rodolfo Nieto's artwork in the Carrillo Gil Art Museum in Mexico City
Rodolfo Nieto's artwork in the Carrillo Gil Art Museum in Mexico CityPhoto courtesy of Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, used with permission

Are you a Mexico cultural travel enthusiast? So, you should visit the Alvar Carrillo Gil Art Museum in Mexico City this spring.

The museum, located at the south of the city, in the traditional and beautiful borough of San Angel, has a curious exhibition about Rodolfo Nieto's artwork and his influence on contemporary artists.

Rodolfo Nieto (1936-1985), born in Oaxaca, is famous for his illustrations at The Book of Imaginary Beings written by the Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges and some drawings made for Julio Cortazar's Rayuela.

In his time, Nieto was a trendy artist, who applied traditional drawing techniques to his abstract, colorful artwork. The Carrillo Gil Art Museum has rescued some interesting art pieces by Rodolfo Nieto, that mix different techniques like the color pencils, the watercolor, the ink and even the Spirograph.

Next Saturday, April 26 2014 at noon, Luis Hampshire and Paula Duarte, the curators of the Rodolfo Nieto’s exhibition in the Carrillo Gil Art Museum, will offer a guided visit to the museum's guests. They will have the opportunity to chat with few young artists who are following Nieto’s path in the Arts. This is a good place to practice your Spanish!

This exhibition is great to go out with the family during your Spring/Summer vacations in Mexico City. The entrance costs less than one dollar per person. After visiting the exhibition you can cross the street to enjoy an ice cream or a good lunch in the nearest mall.

The exhibition about Rodolfo Nieto’s artwork will be available until June 29, 2014, at working hours. Visitors can comfortably arrive by bus, Metrobus or a safe cab. If you drive a car, there's a parking lot in the mall outside the museum.

The Carrillo Gil Art Museum in Mexico City is in: Av. Revolución 1608, esquina Altavista, Col. San Ángel C.P. 01000, México, D.F.