Internationally-renowned mural artist Maestro Shinzaburo Takeda, chair of the art department at Benito Juárez Autonomous University of Oaxaca in Oaxaca, Mexico, will be at College of the Mainland working on a mural in collaboration with COM students. Takeda will also be at the opening reception and artist talk for COM Art Gallery’s Exhibition of his works Tuesday, April 12 at 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The exhibition will be on display from April 12 through May 12. In addition to his artwork, the COM library will be displaying traditional dresses from the Oaxaca region from the collection of Takeda’s wife, Tamako Shimizu.
Master Artist Maestro Shinzaburo Takeda will be the first speaker in the “Robert Handy International Lecture Series” Monday, April 11 at 11 a.m. Takeda will speak on the history and social influence of mural movements in Mexico. He will also discuss the history of Afro-Oaxaqueños and how he supports the social group through his art.
On Friday, April 15 at 3 p.m. Rafael Torres Valdez, president of Benito Juárez Autonomous University of Oaxaca and COM President Dr. Michael Elam will be at the COM Art Gallery to sign a friendship agreement between the two schools. Takeda will unveil the mural in a ceremony at 4 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building.
Takeda was born in 1935 in Seto, Japan. After studying at the National University of Fine Arts in Tokyo he visited Mexico and never left. Initially, in Mexico City, he studied mural painting and worked for the graphics department as an artist for the Museo Nacional de las Culturas. In 1978 he moved to Oaxaca and since then, has taught art at Benito Juárez Autonomous University of Oaxaca.
Takeda continues to pursue his interest in Mexican cultures, traditions, ceremonies and festivals, which is the inspiration of his work. He is often referred to as the “most Mexican” of Oaxaca artists. He has had many international exhibitions, and he hosts the Bienal Nacional de Artes Gráficas Shinzaburo Takeda, an international art exhibit in Oaxaca.
The public is welcome to attend any of these free events. For more information about the visits or for gallery hours, contact Mayuko Gray at 409-933-8354.