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Birth Date: 1935
Birth Place: Buffalo, New York, USA
Place of Death: Mexico City, Mexico
Passed Away: 1986

Honored By

Donor names:   Margaret Randall
Date submitted: August 9, 2013
Gift: Brick Paver - small
Location on plaza map: B4
Areas of Achievement: Activism, Arts, Community Building, Politics
Rini Templeton (1935-1986) was a brilliant artist who worked in many forms, most prominently black and white line drawings that were used by organizations struggling for peace, land, and women's rights; solidarity with the liberation struggles of Central America in the 1970s and 1980s; and equality everywhere. She married and divorced several times. She rarely signed her work, and wanted it to be made available as people's art for the causes in which she believed. She was in Cuba shortly after that country's revolution came to power in 1959, and helped found the Havana Cathedral Printmaking Workshop.Throughout the following decades, she lived and worked in Mexico, Central America, and in the small village of Pilar in northern New Mexico. At the time of her death, she was alternating between New Mexico and Mexico. Rini Templeton was always fully engaged on the front lines of struggle, and contributed thousands of drawings to those struggles. She is remembered wherever she helped to build community and so beautifully portrayed that community in her art.

Information Sources:
El arte de Rini Templeton / The Art of Rini Templeton, Centro de Documentacion Grafica Rini Templeton, Mexico DF, The Real Comet Press, Seattle, Washington. 1988.