1917 - 2008
Further Biographical Context for Gus Arriola
Born in 1917, Gus Arriola was primarily influenced by the 1930s growing up. The period of the 1930s is epitomised by the conflict between many political ideologies, including Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. Surrealism continued to dominate in Europe, and had influence internationally. Artists such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Riviera in Mexico, worked to incorporate the ideas posed by Surrealism into their radical political philosophies, developing a new kind of magic realism.