Zuñiga captured an intimate scene of a woman lying on the ground with her back to a sunlit wall, head resting on her arm, dreaming. He provides no clues to his subject’s life path, asking the viewer to abandon any narrative they begin to construct; the image then is simply a gentle, dignified moment of repose. In 1972, Zuñiga created his first lithograph. As a complement to his emotionally powerful sculpture, his prints articulate the sensitivity and sensuality of the human figure, particularly the strong and powerful matriarchs of his cultural heritage.
Francisco Zuñiga, internationally acclaimed sculptor and printmaker, was born in Guadalupe, Costa Rica in 1912. The son of a religious sculptor and woodcarver, he studied with his father before turning to formal education. His attempt to study classical art in Europe was thwarted by the Spanish Civil War, so he traveled instead to Mexico. He studied drawing, stone sculpture, and engraving at the School of Fine Arts in San Jose. In 1936, he studied stone carving at La Esmeralda in Mexico City. He was appointed to the faculty of La Esmeralda where he remained until his retirement in 1970.
Zuñiga's art reflects a love and respect for Central American people and traditions. He was the recipient of numerous international prizes and awards and his work is represented in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Mexico City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Harvard University Art Museums, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Mexican Museum in San Francisco, the Phoenix Art Museum, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.