Figure 1 Publishing

Art + Design

The Marvellous Real

Art from Mexico 1926–2011

Nicola Levell. In collaboration with the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia

“What the French Surrealists codified has always been an everyday reality in Mexico and Latin America, part of the cultural stream, a spontaneous, fusing of myth and fact, dream and vigil, reason and fantasy”

—Carlos Fuentes

A superb collection of modern masterpieces that captures the vibrant culture of a nation.

Book Description

This richly illustrated publication profiles the works of more than fifty artists, including modern practitioners, such as Dr. Atl, Leonora Carrington, Jean Charlot, Pedro Friedeberg, Frida Kahlo, Juan O’Gorman, Alice Rahon, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Juan Soriano, and Rufino Tamayo. The book also encompasses a younger generation of visual artists, like Sandra Cabriada, Alfredo Castañede, Gunther Gerzso, Adela Goldbard, Yishai Jusidman, Betsabeé Romero, and Francisco Toledo, whose creations similarly blend and evoke the extraordinary qualities of the exotic and the everyday. The idea and the variegated imagery of the marvellous real are explored in the three essays written by Alejo Carpentier, Nicola Levell, and Anthony Shelton.



  • Hardcover
  • 10 × 12 inches
  • 152 pages
  • 978-0-9918588-5-9
  • $40 CAD
  • October 2013