He was born in 1941 in Mixquiahuala, Hidalgo state, and from a very young age expressed his artistic concerns. His father, who was a merchant and peasant, was passionate about literature and also played the violin in a jazz band. Thus, the painter grew up in an environment linked to the expressions of culture in a natural way.
At 16 he decided to move to Mexico City, having a central objective: to study art at the Academia de San Carlos. There, between 1958 and 1962 he completed his higher studies and had teachers, among others, the peninsular painter Antonio Rodríguez Luna, the engraver Francisco Moreno Capdevila, Luis Nishizawa, Santos Balmori and Antonio Ramírez. He was forged, as can be seen, with a generation of first-rate teachers and this motivated him to continue his vocation as a plastic artist in a constant and tenacious way.
Between 1962 and 1964, I studied postgraduate studies, specializing in painting. He was also a founding member of the metal sculpture workshop of the National School of Plastic Arts of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
In 1964 he mounted his first solo exhibition and since then he has made more than 60 in the main forums in Mexico and in different cities in the United States, Europe and Latin America. He has also exhibited his work in innumerable collectives. A singular event in his career as a plastic artist occurred when, when he was very young, the famous American actor Vincent Price acquired all the works that made up his first solo exhibition. In order for the exhibition to take place, the painter showed his impressive capacity for work and in one week he made 45 new works.
Amazed at Byron Gálvez’s production, Price called him “a Mexican Picasso.” Since then he has obtained more than 15 awards and honorable mentions in recognition of his vast and diverse production.
Throughout his intense career as a plastic artist, special programs have been filmed for the Radio, Television and Cinematography Directorate. Fundamental to Byron Gálvez’s artistic formation has been the fact that he has traveled to the European continent on multiple occasions, visiting the most important museums in the old world, an activity that he considers an unavoidable training experience in the growth of an artist. Since 1995 he is a member of the National Council for Culture and the Arts of the state of Hidalgo, appointed by the entity’s governor.
His plastic production, which includes sculpture, engraving, drawing and painting, is part of important private collections in Mexico and abroad. Jorge Juan Crespo de la Serna, Alejandro Aura, Berta Taracena, Santos Balmori, Pablo Fernández Márquez, Enrique F. Gual and Margarita Nelken have written about his work, among others.