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Rafael Coronel felt artistic inclinations from very young, he studied at the National School of Painting and Sculpture La Esmeralda and soon developed a very unique artistic language. His painting goes to popular themes, however it could not be said in any way that his treatments and solutions are spontaneous or free products.
From his experience in Europe, he left the following testimony: "The painting of Europe made a great impression on me, but some painters I liked very much fell on me, and others I did not know excited me." For example, I hardly knew Caravaggio And I was very impressed, from Velazquez I knew a little, he made a great impression, the same, of course, Goya, a painter that I did not like anything, already live: El Greco. For me, that painter almost disappeared.
On one hand it should be said that his work brings together a series of resources from classical authors and schools, in the orthodox sense of term and, on the other hand, it must be said that in his aesthetic search, Coronel works on themes that he studies in series trying to exhaust them. There is in his hometown, as in the case of his brother Peter, a museum that bears his name, which shows part of his work as well as an impressive collection of masks that the artist has collected over time .
In 1978, together with his brother Pedro Coronel, he was declared a Favorite Son by the State Government and the Autonomous University of Zacatecas. In 1990, he presented his collection of Mexican Art for the creation of the Rafael Coronel Museum, located in the former Convent of San Francisco, in the city of Zacatecas.