ALFONSO VILA SHUM (Spanish, 1897 - 1967)

SHUM:  Artistic name adopted by the sketcher and painter Alfonso Vila whose true name was Juan Acher Baptist.  He was born in Lérida, Spain in 1897. At the age of fourteen he escaped Barcelona and from there to Pairs, city where he managed to illustrate works of several writers and collaborate with several magazines  as Monde of Henri Barbusse.  In 1920, he was condemned to death for political crimes, but later, in 1924, he was pardoned.  He lived in Santa Domingo, a place where he had several exhibitions before moving to Mexico.  He died in Cuernavaca in 1967.  Reference: