Calixto Robles

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Ceremonia Oil On Canvas 54x44" © Calixto Robles
Tlalocan Oil On Canvas 56x48" © Calixto Robles
Caballo Oil On Canvas 20x24" © Calixto Robles
Jaguar Sol Oil On Canvas 48x36" © Calixto Robles
Angel Oil On Canvas 24x20" © Calixto Robles
Movimiento Silk Screen 22.5x36.5" © Calixto Robles
Mezcalito Etching 12x9" © Calixto Robles
Praying High Fire Sculpture H 8" W 9" L 5.5" © Calixto Robles
Buddha High Fire Sculpture H 9" W 7" L 5" © Calixto Robles
Muerte y Vida Silk Screen 21x14" © Calixto Robles
Rostro I Monoprint 29.5x22" © Calixto Robles
Curacion Silk Screen 25x19" © Calixto Robles
Ofrenda Lithography 14x16.5" © Calixto Robles
Sandia Silk Screen 23.5x37" © Calixto Robles
© Calixto Robles
© courtesy of the Artist and Front Gallery
Armonía, 2011 Mixed Media Paint And Silkscreen On Canvas 20 X 24 © Calixto Robles
© Courtesy of the Artist and Mission Cultural Center For Latino Arts
Untitled , 2014 Mixed Media On Wood Panel 20" X 24" © Calixto Robles
Quick Facts
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

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