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Calixto Robles

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Lives in
San Francisco

Works in
San Francisco



I am a printmaker, painter, and ceramic sculptor from Oaxaca, Mexico. My work is inspired by the myths, symbols, colors, and ancient traditions of Meso-AmeriCA While in the midst of working these traditional influences arise spontaneously, accidentally, and in the moment. I use natural and supernatural figures such as angels, eagles, jaguars, horses, hearts, and moons.

Silk screen allows me to take advantage of textures and use brilliant and vivid colors. I make loose open screen marks combined with drawn and found images.

My focus in painting is to create textured complex, and magical realms. I rework the image many times completely changing the composition, subject matter, and color, until finally arriving at the finished piece. The paintings pass through many renditions and moods like daydreams.

Hand building in ceramics brings me back to the earliest memories I have of making art. It allows me to be in contact with this element earth which is so tactile, generous, and humble. My clay figures are inspired by my personal vocabulary that has been influenced by Pre-Columbian sculptures. I primarily use oxides to create natural earth tones.



1980-83 Universidad Autonoma Benito Juarez de Oaxaca, Mexico
1994 Talle de Artes Plasticas Rufino Tamayo, Oaxaca, Mexico
2002 Art Studio of the University of California in Berkeley


Oakland Museum of California Collectors Gallery, “Images from Tlalocan”, Oakland, CA
Museum of the Legion of Honor, “Arco Iris de Culturas”, San Francisco CA
Snite Museum of Art “Dia de los Muertos”, Notre Dame, IN
The Gallery America in the University of Notre Dame, Institute for Latino Studies, Myth and Symbols, Notre Dame, IN
Meridiam Gallery “Edition of Four”,San Francisco CA
Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, “6th Annual Latino Art Auction”, San Jose, CA
The Mission Cultural Center, “ 25 Years of Heart and Struggle”, San Francisco, CA
Oakland Museum of California,“Espiritu Sin Fronteras”, Oakland, CA
SoMarts, “Oaxaca to Atzlan”, San Francisco, CA
Oakland Museum of California Collector’s Gallery,“Visions Latino”, Oakland, CA
Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico City, Mexico
Instituto de Artes Grafica, “I Bienal de grabado Rufino Tamayo”, Oaxaca, Mexico
Fundacion del Carmen, “Oaxaca bajo su Immensa Intensidad”, Mexico City, Mexico
Latin American Gallery, “Nocheztli”, San Francisco, CA
San Augustin Gallery, “Arte de Oaxaca”, Oaxaca, Mexico
The Mission Cultural Center, Solo Show “ Sonidos y Formas, Punto de Partida”, San Francisco, CA
Biblioteca de la Havana, ”Prints from San Francisco”, La Havana, Cuba
Barrio Tercero, “Semana Mexicana en Paris”, Paris, France
The Mission Cultural Center, “Oaxaca Huaxyacac en la nariz de los Huaxes”, San Francisco, CA
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, “Labyrinth for the Dead”, San Francisco, CA
California Society of Printmakers, “85th Anniversary”, San Francisco, CA
Centro Cultural de Mexico, “Dia de los Muertos”, Paris, France
The Mission Cultural Center, “Havana/San Francisco”, San Francisco, CA
Richmond Art Center, “North American Printmaking Exhibit”, Richmond, CA
Vorpal Gallery, “Latin American Artists” San Francisco, CA
La Pena Cultural Center, “Dia de los Muertos”, Berkeley, CA
Carmichael Gallery, “Two Person Show” San Francisco, CA
New College of California, “ Art Against the Death Penalty”, San Francisco, CA
Art of the Americas, “Valley of Light”, Fresno, CA
La Mano Magica, “Dia de los Muertos”, Oaxaca, Mexico
Vorpal Gallery, “Second Annual Contemporary Mexican Artists” , San Francisco, CA
The Legion of Honor, “Silent Auction for La Raza”, San Francisco, CA
Vesuvios,”Prints”, San Francisco, CA


Galeria on the Rim, “Art of the Americas”, San Francisco, CA
Galeria de la Raza/Studio 24, Solo Show “Screen Prints”, San Francisco, CA
Artists to Artist
Galeria de la Raza/Studio 24, Solo Show, “New Screen Prints”, San Francisco, CA
White and Cooper Hall, “Cultural Expressions”, San Francisco, CA
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, “Mission Grafica Retrospective”, San Francisco, CA
The Mission Cultural Center, “The California Society of Printmakers Annual Show, San Francisco, CA
Oakland Museum, “Festival of Arte and Cultura Sin Fronteras” , Oakland, CA


The Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
Silk screen instructor for adults and youth for the center and partnered with programs including Escuela Mas Summer Program (1996-1998)
Horizons Unlimited (1994-1995)
Mayor’s Office After School Program (1995- 1999), and The Mexican Museum After School Program(2001- present)


Member of The California Society of Printmakers


The Legion of Honor, “Arco Iris de Culturas”,San Francisco CA
Curated first Day of the Dead Exhibit


The Mexican Museum, , San Francisco, CA
Artist Teacher, August 2004
Designed and taught screen printing using Mexican symbols

Family Day Artist, San Francisco, CA
Artist Teacher, February 2005
Designed and taught Frida Kahlo Retablos Self Portrait Project

Recent Exhibits

Calixto Robles participated in these exhibits:

Aug, 2014 Artist Demonstration: Modern Prints
de Young Museum
Jul, 2014 Lazos Artísticos
Campfire Gallery
May, 2013 Printed Poems
Mission Cultural Center For Latino Arts
May, 2013 THE POLITICAL EYE From The Surreal To The So Real
Alley Cat Books Gallery
Jun, 2012 The Magic Surrealists of Oaxaca, Mexico. Rufino Tamayo’s Legacy: Contemporary Zapotec Artists
Gallery at the Consulate General of Mexico in San Francisco
Mar, 2012 Caballeros - Recent Works by 13 Bay Area Gentlemen
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