Carlos Merida (1891-1984) was born in Guatemala and studied at the Instituto
de Artes y Artesanias in Guatemala City and Queltzaltenango. From 1910 to
1914 he lived in Paris, and after traveling through Europe, he made his
home in México where he became active in the Mexican mural painting school.
In 1927 he abandoned his figurative style to became one of México first
non-figurative artists. His later works formed a link to the Mayan world
with geometric elements. He integrated into his paintings, indigenous
"papel amate" (barkwood paper). Merida created numerous murals in México
and Guatemala. In 1942 he taught at the North Texas State Teachers College
in Denton, now University of North Texas. The works of Carlos Merida can
be found in many major international museums.