A Tribute of Antoine Gaber in Memory of Rina Lazo and one of Her Legacy
In early December 2019; The New York Times contacted Antoine Gaber. He was asked to contribute to the famous muralist Rina Lazo’s obituary article written by Jillian Steinhauer and published on line on the 18th December 2019 and in print on Dec. 20, 2019, Section B, Page 14 of the New York edition with the headline: “Rina Lazo, 96, Artist Who Worked for Rivera and Found Her Own Voice, Dies.” Two (2) of the 4 images presented in the article were the ones Gaber had taken while visiting with Rina Lazo, showing me her 1995 fresco “Venerable Grandfather Corn” that is on display in the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. (News Article)
Gaber had so many beautiful memories with Rina, but much sadness to have lost such a wonderful person and Artist, who believed and supported so many important social causes. One of her important causes was to provide clean water for all, for human dignity.
Rina Lazo was a great supporter of “Water for Life” International Art Exhibitions. Diego Rivera and Rina Lazo’s legacy to provide clean drinkable water for all around the world will continue to live on. Rina Lazo was an inspiration for all of us and a beacon for International Artists supporting this important cause.
It is now up to Artists to pick up the baton, to sensitize and educate the public about current water issues around the world. Moreover, due to Climate Change, this will affect further the availability of clean drinkable water sources.
You can enjoy a few memorable photos taken with Rina Lazo and Antoine Gaber during one of his trips to Mexico City.
Rina Lazo and Antoine Gaber while visiting and explaining the Carcamo del Rio Lerma where, along with Diego Rivera she contributed to the great mural artwork inside the water tank
Rina Lazo and Antoine Gaber during his solo exhibition “Passion for Life” in 2018 at the Senado de la Republica in Mexico City.
Rina Lazo and Antoine Gaber at the Diego Rivera Museum, Mexico City
Rina Lazo and Antoine Gaber at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.
Rina Lazo and Antoine Gaber at her residence and studio.