Cubist painter and muralist known for "El Verano" from 1981 and other Latin American-themed works. He was one of the first to meld European modern painting with Latin American culture.
He had a childhood passion for music. However, after an ear deformity caused him to develop hearing difficulties, he begrudgingly gave up music and concentrated instead on painting.
He married Dalilla Galvez in 1919. His daughter, Ana Merida, grew up to be a famous ballet dancer and choreographer.
He was influenced by the work of Paul Klee.