9. Felipe Castaneda

Felipe Castaneda (Mexican, born 1933), Seated Thinking Woman, 1979, bronze, edition 6/10, 41 x 26 3/4 x 36 inches, Gift of the California Community Foundation, 1-1997 


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Castañeda’s sculptures are informed by the harmonious muscularity of modern Mexican masterworks and the classical elegance of European modernism.


His representations of Indigenous Mexican women are strong and contemplative, whether they stand, recline, or kneel. The body is always smooth and perfectly proportioned, its sinuous curves creating beautiful shadows that heighten the figure’s pensive posture.


The artist combines an abstract and stylized interpretation of the female form that is both universal and modern.