Mexico’s first professional snow/ice sculptor

Mexico is definitely not the first country to think of when it comes to participants in events such as the International Competition of Champions in Ice Sculpture in Breckenridge, Colorado or the International Competition of Ice Sculpture in Asahikawa, Japan, but Abel Ramirez Aguilar has spent his life exploring new mediums and environments. Ramirez is … Continue reading Mexico’s first professional snow/ice sculptor

Changing Xochimilco, changing occupations

The change from rural to urban living can cause a kind of identity crises in families. However, some find creative ways to tap into the old to adapt to the new. Alejandro Camacho Barrera comes from a long line of people who worked the land in the south of the Valley of Mexico, in Xochimilco. … Continue reading Changing Xochimilco, changing occupations

Paper Mache as an urban folk art form

When most people, even Mexican handcraft/folk art collectors, think of the subject, our visions are mostly of rural Mexico, of places like Oaxaca and Chiapas, wth adobe houses, nature and often indigenous people teaching the craft through generations.  This is not without reason as the Mexican handcraft tradition has been buoyed by the tourism industry, … Continue reading Paper Mache as an urban folk art form

Perfection not within sight, but within reach

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

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