José Guadalupe Posada was born in Aguascalientes, Mexico in 1851. He studied lihography in Trinidad Pedroso's Workshop of Popular Graphics, and became a contributor to the magazine El Jicote in 1871. He soon developed his famous sarcastic style, and it is possible that he was forced to move to Léon, Guanjato, where he taught lithography at a high school. In 1888, he moved to Mexico City, where his career as an illustrator really took off. He contributed his political drawings to numerous newspapers and magazines. He was especially known for his satires of the regime of dictator Porfirio Díaz, but he also created the famous "calaveras", the skeletons. Drawing on the Mexican cultural myth of the celebration of death, he depicted several stereotypes as skeletons, giving his work a sarcastic, joking touch.