Helio Flores: Cartoonist Retires After 60 Years Depicting Mexican Politics


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After more than 60 years of hard work, cartoonist Helio Flores has announced his retirement at the age of 86. He is widely recognized for his political caricatures and has been considered one of the essential cartoonists for political analysis in Mexico. Born in Xalapa, Veracruz, Helio Flores has been the author of countless cartoons in which he portrays politicians, journalists, and other public figures in the country’s public life. His work has been featured in newspapers such as El Universal and La Jornada.

Through his social networks, Helio Flores let his followers know that starting today, Monday, January 29, he will stop publishing his caricatures. This announcement comes in the middle of an election year, and many of his recent caricatures have featured the faces of prominent figures such as Azucena Uresti, Benito the giraffe, Xóchitl Gálvez, Sandra Cuevas, Mario Delgado, and Marko Cortés.

In his retirement announcement, Helio Flores explained that he made the decision to retire due to his physical conditions, which have diminished his abilities to do his work with the quality that his audience deserves. He studied architecture at the Universidad Veracruzana and Visual Arts at The School Of Visual Arts in New York, United States. Throughout his career, he has been awarded various honors and awards in several countries around the world, including Turkey, Greece, Cuba, and Yugoslavia.

Helio Flores has also received national awards such as the La Catrina award from the International Meeting of Caricature and Comics at the Fair Guadalajara Book International, as well as the Gabriel Vargas Prize for Comics and Caricature, which is awarded by the Museo del Estanquillo. He has also been honored with the National Journalism Award five times within the caricature genre.

During his career, Helio Flores has collaborated with newspapers such as the now-defunct Novedades, as well as current newspapers such as La Jornada and El Universal. His cartoons have been used by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and he has been recognized for his contributions to political analysis in Mexico.

As he retires from his long and successful career, Helio Flores expressed his gratitude to his colleagues at El Universal and its director, as well as to those who have followed his work for more than 60 years. His retirement marks the end of an era in the world of political caricature in Mexico, and his contributions to the field will be remembered for years to come.

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