1958 in Cuernavaca, Mexico

National University of Mexico

Seco grew up having a deep appreciation and affinity for literature and chess. As a promising writer at the age of 20, his first book of short stories was published by the National Institute of Bellas Artes and after leaving the National University of Mexico, he continued his literary career. He received prestigious grants and awards for his work. Simultaneously, he performed in several positions as an editor, journalist and correspondent for numerous publications and corporations during the decade, traveling throughout his country and participating in cultural programs and affairs.

In spite of his successful initiation as a well-recognized young writer, Seco did not really find himself until he started drawing. During his short career as a writer, he also took classes studying life drawing of the nude figure. After three years of drawing devotedly every single day, he painted his first canvases and found the real vocation of his life.

At the age of 33, after five years of studying relentlessly the human anatomy and the technique of materials in a self-taught way, he had his first solo exhibit in his hometown of Cuernavaca. Since then, he has had exhibitions in numerous galleries, cultural centers and art centers of Mexico City and the United States. His works are kept in private and corporate collections in Mexico, the United States, and Europe.

Four years ago, he left his native Mexico and came to the United States. Currently, he lives and paints in Ojai, California. Being a lover of classical music as he is, this subject has been an inspiration in his work from the beginning. More recently, his recognition as a painter of classical musicians has emerged, and he has been granted a position as a permanent guest of the L.A. Philharmonic Orchestra. Seco sketches the musicians during their closed-door rehersals in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center in Los Angeles. His painting of the orchestra and its elements, based on his sketches, now constitute a large part of his lifetime body of work; they are a realization of his endeavor as an artist, and belong to numerous private collectors in this country, including the homes of some of the Phil musicians themselves.

Along with this passion for the musical theme, he keeps working with the human figure in a wide range of techniques, and is also available for commissioned work of any subject. His most recently completed commissioned piece is of the prows of two steamships entering the Ventura Harbor. His years of classical training and devotion to the study of the old masters has given him an expansive repertoire and a confidence to explore without limit.