Welcome to the website of artist Philip Stein, aka Estaño / 1919 - 2009.
Assistant to David Alfaro Siqueiros from 1948 to 1958
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for artist
Philip Stein
(aka Estaño)

Photo of the artist protesting at the 2004 Republican National Convention in NYC.
Stein was part of a contingent of demonstrators that carried 1,000 mock coffins symbolizing US war dead in Iraq.

Active participant in and proponent of the Mexican Mural School of new-realism.
Assisted David Alfaro Siqueiros on eleven of his murals in Mexico City from 1948 to 1958.
One man shows in Mexico City (3), In the U.S. (4), Barcelona (3)
Painted murals in Jersey City and in the Village Vanguard nightclub, New York City.
Wrote the book Siqueiros His life and Works, International Publishers Co. -1994 ISBN 0-7178-0709-6

Wrote a chapter for the following Spanish language publication: "David Alfaro Siqueiros Tal Y Como Lo Conocí" Philip Stein. Otras Rutas Hacia Siqueiros, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, 1996, Mexico, D.F.

Was written about in the following Spanish language publication: "Philip Stein Estaño, Nueva York-Mexico-Barcelona. Del Taller de Siqueiros a hoy." Llum Torrens, Universidad de Barcelona, Tomo I 1992 El Arte Español en Epocas de Transicion, Congreso Español De Historia Del Arte (9.,1992. Leòn).

Born in Newark, New Jersey, USA on February 5, 1919. Early on his interest in art was very strong. Taught himself oil painting in his early teens and upon finishing high school went to work as an apprentice in a New York scenic studio, mainly cleaning up, menial labor, washing the brushes and preparing the palettes for the journeymen artists painting scenery for the New York stage. At this time he was attending evening art classes at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and at the New School for Social Research in Manhattan.

During World War II, he served in the the US army for 3 years and 10 months. Serving as a meteorologist in the European Theater of Operation, first with the 8th Air Force and then with the 9th Army, moving across Northern Europe until they met the Soviet Army at the Elbe River in Germany. Having managed to scrounge art supplies and painting materials in the wreckage of Germany he devoted what time he could to do some paintings on the move. Returning to the US in November 1945, he resumed work in the scenic studios now with a student artist union card and returned to night art classes at the New School, with the benefit of the GI educational bill. In early 1946 with his wife Gertrude, he moved to Los Angeles, California. There he went to work in the movie studios with an upgraded union card as an apprentice artist. Here he attended the Chouinard School of Art
in the evenings.

The Hollywood strike of 1947 brought work in the studios to a standstill. Stein was able to design and paint scenery for the opera Boris Godounow, presented in Hollywood that year. It would be his last work in Hollywood. Early in 1948 Stein decided to make use of the time he had left to study with the GI Bill and he traveled to Mexico. It was there that he enrolled in The School of Fine Arts of San Miguel de Allende, and later in the school of the Instituto de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Stein discovered the Mexican Mural Movement and joined the mural team of David Alfaro Siqueiros, spending the next ten years working with Siqueiros on his major murals in Mexico City from 1948 to 1958. Siqueiros found Philip Stein's name difficult to pronounce, and so took to calling the artist, Estaño. The name stuck and has been used by the artist ever since. Estaño first exhibited his own unique paintings in Mexico City in 1953.

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