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He was active during the colonial period and early independence. Believing he had a religious vocation, he entered a monastery in Mexico City, but soon changed his mind and returned to Celaya and was married.
He began working as an artist — painting, sculpture and engraving. He soon requested permission to work as an architect. His first architectural works were the Fountain of Neptune and an arch commemorating the proclamation of Charles IV as king. From through he worked rebuilding the church of El Carmen in Celaya, in a Neoclassical style.
This is considered his greatest work. This was a novelty in New Spain at the time of its construction. Tresguerras also executed some of the sculptures in this church. In the same city he designed the chapel for his interment in the church of San Francisco, and a bridge over the River La Laja. In Guanajuato the palace of the Count of Casa Rul is his. Professionally, he traveled widely in the central part of the country.
Tresguerras also wrote devotional works and poetic satires. A notebook of critical notes was published, unedited, in under the title Ocios literarios. His friends wrote a biographical sketch entitled Tres zamoranos ilustres. This remained unpublished until , when it appeared in Morelia. Tresguerras was arrested in for sympathy with the independence movement. Mexico City:
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