Exploring the overlap between folk and fine art

Arte/Sano is a biennale event sponsored by the Museo de Arte Popular (Folk Art Museum) in Mexico City. The name is a play on words, and an indication of the purpose of the event. “Artesano” means artisan. “Arte” is art and “Sano” is healthy. The goal is the fuse the aims, styles and techniques of … Continue reading Exploring the overlap between folk and fine art

Continuing the Linares family tradition

Leonardo Linares prefers the term “artisan,” shunning the word “artist,” which has been applied to him by entities such as the British Museum. The reason is that he believes that as an artisan he has more creative freedom.   Leonardo Linares is a fifth generation “cartonero” or maker of paper mache folk art, which is … Continue reading Continuing the Linares family tradition

Monsters and pulque

  In Mexico, folk art is not limited to rural or indigenous communities. Although covered by hardly any artesanía publications, there are artisans in Mexico City and other urban areas, creating rather extraordinary works. Mexico City's borough of Iztapalapa is the entity's largest and most populous, often a landing zone for people migrating from other … Continue reading Monsters and pulque


Why? One thing that captures the attention of many foreigners here in Mexico is the wide range and depth of Mexico’s handcrafts and folk art tradition, nicely distinguished in Spanish with the word “artesanías.” This is not your primary school arts and crafts, or simple handmade decorations for a party. (Those are separated with the … Continue reading Why?