About Posada

José Guadalupe Aguilar Posada

Born: February 2, 1852

Died: January 20, 1913

José Guadalupe Posada Aguilar was born in Aguascalientes, Mexico, February 2, 1852, he died in Mexico City, Mexico, January 20, 1913. José Guadalupe Posada was a Mexican artist who lived over one hundred years ago. He worked as a lithographer, engraver and cartoonist all at a time when photo-mechanical technology was in its infancy. 


Posada’s images are among the most widely seen and his legacy perhaps the most influential of all Mexican artists yet his name has yet to achieve the level of recognition as that of artists such as Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo or Rufino Tamayo.


Various aspects of Posada’s story are contained in the digital format of this website including some of the latest historical research about Posada, his art as contained in our collection, exhibitions, relevant links, documentary film information and merchandise.  


From Posada’s famed Day of the Dead images, Chicano Art, the Grateful Dead and social movement imagery, José Guadalupe Posada inspiring spirit is ever present. Thanks to many fine scholars, as we learn more about Posada we revise and update what we learn and piece by piece a better more complete and accurate story of his life emerges. For example, the Monografía. Las obras de José Guadalupe Posada. Grabador mexicano, published in 1930 shows his birth year as 1851, among other errors. This date is sometimes repeated in subsequent publications but, thanks to research efforts Posada’s birth year has been established as 1852.

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