Zipacná De León

Guatemalan painter and potter, he was born in Guatemala City on July 25, 1948 and died at the same city, January 21, 2002. He was the son of the sculptor Adalberto de León Soto and fine artist and activist Fantina Rodríguez Padilla. Zipacná was born into a long artistic tradition family, such as his brother Iván De León Rodríguez and his uncle Jacobo Rodríguez Padilla. He was a great important figure, influential in the cultural environment of this country, not only as a painter and potter, but also as a personality, researcher, and patron. Having begun his first studies in Paris, France, he concluded his academic studies in Guatemala. Even though he was a self-taught in painting, he also made formal studies. He specialized in engraving with Lola Cueto and Carlos Jurado in Mexico (1968-1971), and with Carlos Colombino at the Universidad de Costa Rica (1978). He studied Modern Art and Museology at the Center Georges Pompidou (Paris, France) in 1979. Zipacná had an outstanding participation in activities of the Casa de la Estampa Max Vollemberg and the Trinovación group. Co-founder of many cultural institutions, his work as coordinator of the Permanent Program of Arte Paiz (1978-1989) and the start up of the Regional Schools of Art (1989) (Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes de Guatemala), and the Museum of Bellas Artes de Occidente Adalberto De León Soto, highlights. On the other hand, he was also a professor at the National School of Fine Arts Rafael Rodríguez Padilla (1977-1996). On September 2000, he was given the title of Distinguished Citizen of the Quetzaltenango City.