Guerrero Galvan was born in Tonala, Jalisco, in 1910. He studied at the San Antonio Art School in Texas and in 1928 he moved to Guadalajara, where he made his first mural, to study at the Escuela de Pintura Libre. He lived in Mexico City in the 1930s and became quite known for his figurative paintings. He was part of what was called the Movimiento de Creacion Plastica, which was contemporary to the Mexican Muralist Movement. Besides mural painting, Galvan worked in oil paintings, lithographs, and illustrations. In 1947, he illustrated a book about Quetzacoatl, written by Ermilo Abreu Gomez. He is also considered to be one of the best portrait artists in Mexican history.