Fernando López Valencia was a renowned Spanish/Mexican bookbinder of the 20th century. Born in Madrid in 1905, López Valencia studied for seven years at the Escuela de Artes y Oficios de Madrid and the Escuela Nacional de Artes Gráficas. He was active in the Socialist Youth of Madrid during the 1920s and later served in the Spanish Civil War. Exiled to Mexico in 1939, López Valencia became an important figure in Mexican bookbinding. In addition to teaching and doing work for the rare books collection at the National Library of Mexico, López Valencia executed bindings for prominent intellectuals and a number of Mexican presidents. López Valencia also created bindings for limited edition publications by the Galeria de Arte Misrachi in Mexico City: Siqueiros (1965), containing original art by the famous Mexican social realist painter David Alfaro Siqueiros and featuring a mosaic binding by López Valencia, and Zúñiga (1969), a catalogue raisonné of Francisco Zuñiga featuring an innovative binding designed and executed by López Valencia.
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