Los Hermanos Chávez Morado

Carved Narrative

The Chávez Morado brothers were a part of the elite group of artists who worked alongside the modern architects who reshaped Mexico City before the 1968 Olympics. They came to prominence during an era immediately following the Mexican muralist movement made famous by Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros. These earlier muralists solidified a post-revolutionary art aesthetic that broadcast messages of peace and unification.

José Chávez Morado (1909-2002) is the most famous muralist in the second wave of the Mexican muralist movement (1940s – 1970s). Three of his murals adorn the walls of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) in Mexico City.

Tomás Chávez Morado (1914-2001) produced nationally recognized civic work. Perhaps the most famous of these are the 260 monumental concrete eagle heads, commissioned in 1960, that mark the 715-mile “Grito de Dolores” route of Don Miguel Hidalgo from what is now Dolores Hidalgo in Guanajuato to Monte de las Cruces in Chihuahua.