Aragonés Domenech, Sergio
This online collection and interpretative exhibit curate 51 editorial cartoons by Sergio Aragonés (1937), published in España Libre in the 1960s.
After escaping first the Spanish Civil War and then the Nazi occupation of France, Aragonés's family arrived in Mexico in 1942. In Mexico, his uncle, Manuel Aragonés, served as the Secretary of Manuel Martínez Feduchy, the Spanish Second Republic government-in-exile Consul in Mexico. They were in contact with Jesús González Malo, editor of España Libre, to help provide Mexican visas to arriving Spanish refugees in the United States.
In 1962, Sergio Aragonés moved to New York and began working for Mad magazine. He responded to the news on Fascist Spain with his editorial cartoons thanks to the communication channels with the undercover resistance in Spain that Malo established.
This antifascist culture permeated Aragonés’s artistic development in the United States. His Marginals in Mad magazine continued to challenge fascistic views of reality that impose the rhetorics of power, perfection, and regenerative destruction. Instead, Aragonés's art provides the legacy of a curious and playful attitude to life.
Feu, “Sergio Aragonés Marginalizes Francoism in España Libre (NYC)” Camino Real. Alcalá de Henares: Instituto Franklin- UAH, 7:10 (2015): 127-144.
Feu, “Antifascist Laughter in the Margins: Sergio Aragonés’s Mad Marginals” Cuadernos de Aldeeu 31 (Primavera 2017): 71-96.
Feu, “Interview with Sergio Aragonés, the Mad Pantomime Artist.” Cuadernos de Aldeeu 31 (Primavera 2017): 96-111.