About the Work: Roberto Montenegro was a painter, illustrator, stage
designer, and artistic adviser who assimilated various
influences from movements such as Cubism, Surrealism
and Art Nouveau. He was also an influential promoter of
the popular arts. Montenegro’s work was often
allegorical, but he also made use of portraits and the
landscape to represent critical aspects of the society of
his time. He was the first artist who introduced Art Deco
to Mexico, and he did so by combining it with elements
of popular and pre-Columbian art. Rocas / Rocks, c.
1960, is a traditional representation of a rocky mountain
seen from below, where stylistic affinities with of artists
such as Diego Rivera, Jorge Enciso and Gerardo Murillo
“Dr. Atl” can be seen.