Enrique Mayer Méndez

Category: Artist
Birth Date: In 1907 (†In 2001)
Birth Place: Santiago de Compostela (A Coruña)

He started his formation in his father's workshop, Enrique Mayer Castro. He studied at the Technical School from 1921 to 1926. He studied techniques about engraving on thin stones with the Austrian goldsmith Walter Aubell in 1927. Then he began to study at St Fernando Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid. He visited museums (El Prado, Rodin Museum in Paris, etc.) and exhibitions (Picasso, Gaudí, etc.). He taught Drawing at the Economical Society in Santiago from 1928 to 1940 and Artistic Drawing (1931) and Elements of Art History (1954) at the Technical School in Santiago de Compostela. In 1944, he directed a course on jet cutting, sponsored by the State Fine Arts Office. When his father died in 1931, he went on with the Drawing, Engraving and Jet workshop educating pupils.

 Work & Activities

Since 1926, he participated in exhibitions with xylographic engravings and jets in Santiago, A Coruña (1949 and 1950) and Fine Arts in Madrid (1930 and 1943). He got the third medal at the National Artistic Craftsmanship Contest (1944) and the first one at the Provincial Contest in A Coruña in 1948. That same year the National Headquarters of Artistic Craftsmanship included him among the fifty most outstanding Spanish artists.

 Other Interesting Aspects

He wrote a guide of Santiago (1931), illustrated with very small wood cuts on bookwood and collaborated with several regional newspapers on several occasions writing about Art.