FRANCISCO (PANCHO) MONTES FLORES (1919-1984)

"Matador"

"Matador"

15 3/4" x 11 1/2", Oil on Linen 10663

Francisco (Pancho) Montes Flores (1919-1984)

Pancho Flores, is the nickname of Francisco Flores Montes, a famous Mexican caricaturist  and painter. He was born in Torreon, Coahuila on December 22nd, 1919.

 

He is considered the most important Mexican bullfighting painter. He left Mexico to study art and ended up graduating from the Chicago School of Fine Arts. In 1938 , he created the comic series "Captain Marvell " (Captain Marvel), a series that was widely used as propaganda to encourage morality for the US troops who fought during the Second World War- work for which he won the recognition of the then United States Department of War .

At the end of the war, he returned to Mexico where he developed a vast career as a painter specializing in bullfighting.

He continued his work in comics and worked for magazines like Muñequita ('Halcon del Caribe') and created comic series like 'Flyn de la Pradera', 'Capitán Wings', 'Flash el Vengador', 'El Noqueador del Barrio' (in Casanova), 'Gitanillo', 'Mi Hermano Chuy' and 'Angels Infernales'.

Between 1969 and 1984 he wrote a bullfighting chronicle in the newspaper “ESTO” covering the seasons of the Plaza México, which was illustrated with his drawings.

Flores died as a result of pancreatic cancer in Mexico City , the 30 of November of 1984. .

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