Escultura instalada en 1923 en la Avenida La Reforma.
Rodríguez Padilla, Rafael (1890-1929). Escultor y pintor. Nació en la capital de Guatemala el 23 de enero y falleció el 24 de enero, a los 39 años de edad.
Doctor Lorenzo Montúfar.
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Mausoleo para la familia Castillo,
en el Cementerio General de la Capital de Guatemala
Rodríguez Padilla, Rafael (b Guatemala City, 23 Jan 1890; d Guatemala City, 24 Jan 1929).
Guatemalan painter, sculptor and printmaker. After studying in Guatemala under the Venezuelan sculptor Santiago González (1850–?1909) he went to Spain, where he was a pupil of the stage designer Luis Muriel. Shortly after returning to Guatemala in 1915 he painted Self-portrait (Guatemala City, Mus. N. A. Mod.). He took part in several group exhibitions, winning a national first prize in 1920 and the first prize for painting in the Exposición Centroamericana held in 1921 on the centenary of independence. Works painted by him during the 1920s, such as Nude (c. 1920), Portrait of the Artist’s Mother (c. 1922) and Tamales (c. 1922, all Guatemala City, Mus. N. A. Mod.), all reveal the influence of Impressionism. He also produced two portraits of the Spanish Catalan painter Jaime Sabartés (1881–1968), who lived in Guatemala from 1904 to 1927 and became a close friend: one etching and one oil painting (Rodríguez Padilla family priv. col., on loan to Guatemala City, Mus. N. A. Mod.)
As a sculptor Rodríguez Padilla executed various monuments in Guatemala City, including an equestrian statue of a former President, General J. M. Reina Barrios (1921), and a statue of Dr Lorenzo Montúfar R. (1923), both in bronze and on the Avenida de la Reforma. He also produced a portrait bust of another former president, J. M. Orellana (1926), displayed in the foyer of the Banco de Guatemala. He was one of the founders of the Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes in Guatemala City and served as its director from 1920 to 1928. He died by his own hand.
O. González Goyri: ‘Rafael Rodríguez Padilla’, Salón 13, iii/1 (1962),
Luján-Muñoz, Jorge: 'Rodríguez Padilla, Rafael', The Grove Dictionary of Art Online, ed. L. Macy (Accessed 05/12/2003) <http://www.groveart.com>
Oleo sobre tela, 1920