by Doris Friedensohn and Amy Mulvihill In July, 2015 Maestro Carlomagno Pedro Martínez -- Director of the Oaxaca State Museum of Folk Art and FOFA's long-time collaborator -- hosted a meeting of women folk artists of the Central Valleys to address their common concerns. One group emphasized health issues that challenge the wellbeing of … Continue reading When Artists Have Trouble Seeing – – Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art Offers Help
Jose Juan Garcia Aguilar comes from the world-renowned Aguilar family from the small town of Ocotlán de Morelos in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. The family’s feat is no small thing given Oaxaca’s reputation for producing many of the best artisans Mexico has to offer in so many different fields. Ocotlán itself is home to … Continue reading A slightly darker, Baroque take on folk sculpture
Sergio Alberto Ortega Álvarez is a 33-year-old musician and stringed instrument maker, who is located in the small community of Ajusco, in the far south of the Federal District of Mexico City. Although born and raised here, Sergio’s specialty is the traditional music of the state of Veracruz and the Huasteca region, which extends from … Continue reading Perfection not within sight, but within reach
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
I had no idea how much working on the dolls affected the women's self-esteem. I have had comments like "I've been told all my life that I'm good for nothing, but I can create something this beautiful. So I now know that that's not true." - Rebecca Roth Sometimes treasures come out of unusual places and from … Continue reading Dolls out of prison
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?