Mexican painter David Siqueiros used his social realist work to promote his ideas and opinions. The hardcore Stalinist and member of the Mexican Communist Party — a contemporary of Diego Rivera and José Orozco — often worked in large fresco murals. “Siqueiros was a passionate humanist, and his art tackled the most pressing socialistic and political issues of the day,” says Gus Kopriva of Redbud Gallery, which is showcasing “Mexican Master David Alfaro Siqueiros.” “His subject matter included portraits of famous figures, the great strength of the peasantry and later experiments with surrealism. He was a master of the use of earthtone colors.” Kopriva adds that Siqueiros’s life and work were unique in that he was able to establish himself as a force in extreme politics and simultaneously have a successful career in the fields of writing, painting, watercolors, lithographs, woodcuts and murals. “Many artists talk and create art based on political and social issues,” Kopriva offers. “He was one of the very few that actually made a difference. He walked the walk.”
Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays. Through June 1. The Redbud Gallery, 303 East 11th. For information, call 713‑862‑2532 or visit redbudgallery.com. Free.
Wednesdays-Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Starts: May 3. Continues through June 1, 2014