Quezada at the Museo de la Ciudad de México

To call Abel Quezada Mexico's greatest cartoonist somehow undermines his importance. His medium may have been the newspaper caricature, but you could call him the Mexican Voltaire: a satirist and social commentator, possessed of a merciless rapier wit and profound wisdom about his country and his countrymen. He made fun of the powerful and the wealthy (among his favored personalities were Gastón Billetes, who wore a diamond ring on his nose, and the Dama Caritativa de Las Lomas, as well as any number of politicians) as well as starving-to-death journalists (so thin as to be barely visible except in profile), vendors of tacos de carnitas (replete with buzzing flies around their stands), bureaucrats, cops, mariachis, cowboys and supposed machos. He was also an accomplished painter and watercolorist. An exemplary retrospective of his work is on display at the Museo de la Ciudad de México (Pino Suárez 30, Centro Histórico) until April 3rd. Don't miss it.