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"More than a Feria"

11th Annual - November 16-18, 2012
Plaza de la Ribera (formerly Sol y Luna),
West Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico

2012 Maestros
Maestros from Preveious Years: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

Feria Exposición Maestros del Arte AC Inc. is non-profit in both Mexico and the US. Held yearly at Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico, this art show promotes the rapidly disappearing folk and indigenous art (artesania) of Mexico. Artists are invited from all corners of Mexico based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of their work
  • Has their art has been passed down generation to generation, or
  • Are they an "undiscovered" artist who is worthy of recognition for his/her work.
  • All art must be made totally handmade by the artist and they must use only "natural" materials in its production.

You can sponsor one of these artists and help defray their transportation cost of getting to the Feria by visiting our Sponsor an Artistpage. Help us keep Mexico's legacy of folk and indigenous art alive.

Artists attending Feria Maestros del Arte 2012 who are featured in the landmark books "The Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art," "The Great Masters of Latin American Folk Art, or "The Great Masters of Oaxaca Folk Art," published and created by Fomento Cultural Banamex are indicated below.

 

ALEBRIJES
Jacobo Angeles Ojeda & María del Carmen Mendoza - (Oaxaca) Alebrijes - carved wood figures. "Great Masters of Oaxaca Folk Art"
Zeny (Zenon) Fuentes - (Oaxaca) alebrijes (carved wood animals)
BOOKS
Artes de Mexico - September 1988 was the first issue of the Artes de Mexico encyclopedic book collection on Mexico, it's art and culture.

Fomento Cultural Banamex - "The Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art," "Great Masters of Latin America," Great Masters of Oaxacan Folk Art" - all landmark books that will be available for sale at the Feria. Currently this book is out of print and unavailable through other channels.
CERAMIC FIGURES
Emilio Barocio Yacobo - (Michoacán) whimsical ceramic Catrinas
Alvaro de la Cruz & Family - (Michoacán) Extraordinary handmade ceramic catrinas (skeleton figures dressed in finery)
Martin Ibarra - (Jalisco) intricate ceramic virgins and other ceramic pieces
Gerardo Ortega López - (Jalisco) the creative and extraordinary barro betus (a pine resin applied to add shine and brilliance to the piece) ceramics
Daniel Paredes - (Puebla) intricately painted figures, retablos, etc.
Magdalena Pedro - (Oaxaca) incredibly detailed monas (ceramic dolls) using in the unique Oaxaca black pottery technique. "Great Masters of Oaxaca Folk Art."
CERAMICS
Cocucho - (Michoacán) this distinctive and easily recognized pottery comes from a remote Purépecha Indian village in the state of Michoacán.
José Luis Cortéz Hernández - (Jalisco) extraordinary bruñido pottery
Nicolas Fabian Fermín - (Michoacán) Barro bruñido ceramics
Elena Felipe Felix & Bernardina Rivera - (Michoacán) Jug-made pottery towers. "Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art." Elena Felipe Felix also appears in "Great Masters of Latin America."
Guadalupe García Rios - (Michoacán) hi-fired unique ceramics of the highest quality
Juana Gómez Ramírez - (Chiapas) intricate ceramic jaguars, pots, and other ceramic items. "Great Masters of Latin America."
Néstor Omar Hernández Santiago - (Oaxaca) barro modelado, decorado con engobe bruñido y esgrafiado (molded pottery decorated in an unusual scratched style). "Great Masters of Latin America."
Manuel Jerónimo Reyes - (Michocán) famous black ceramics from Santa Fe de la Laguna
Silvia Martínez Díaz - (Oaxaca) pre-Hispanic molded clay pottery often with asas (handles)
Angel Ortiz Gabriel & Angel Ortiz Arana - (Jalisco) barro bruñido (burnished pottery). Both are members of Grupo Tradicional Tonalteca.
Miguel Quezada - (Chihuahua) famous thin-walled pottery of Mata Ortiz/Casas Grandes, Chihuahua.
CLOTHING/TEXTILES
Cooperative Jolom Ancianos Mayetik - (Chiapas) beautiful huipiles (blouses/dresses), table runners and tablecloths, purses and other fine weaving.
Antonina Cornelio - (Oaxaca) embroidered Mexican wedding dresses, blouses and more. "Great Masters of Oaxaca Folk Art."
El Jorongo - Ruth Mitchell de Aguilar - (Michoacán) Hand woven rugs, sweaters, etc.
José Flores - (Jalisco) original clothing designs embroidered in silk and handmade leather purses and shoes.
Teresa López Jimenez - (Oaxaca) fabulous hand-embroidered colorful designs embellish huipiles & other fabric items. "Great Masters of Latin America." (Also see David Manuel Sanchez Díaz under Toys)
Camelia Ramos Zamora and José Mancio - (México) Hand wovenrebozos (shawls)
Teófila and Bertha Servin Barriga - (Michoacán) hand-embroidered clothing, scenes on manta cloth and much more.
CORNHUSK
Hermenegildo Contreras Cruz - (Oaxaca) corn husk works of art. "Great Masters of Oaxaca Folk Art."
DAY OF THE DEAD
Sergio Guerrero Rodríguez - (Oaxaca) delicately crafted metal & acrylic figures - Day of the Dead, etc.
Miguel Paredes - (Puebla) whimsical Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) figures, boxes, items that are becoming very difficult to find in Mexico.
DOLLS/TOYS
Marcela Hernández Mendez - (Chiapas) handmade stuffed animals of Chiapan wool
Original Friends - Women's Prison Project - (Jalisco) cloth dolls elaborately decorated by women imprisoned in Mexico. Read all about their newest program in Puerto Vallarta.
FIBER/STRAW/PINE NEEDLES
Artesanias Zani - (Jalisco) fine woven palm - jewelry, figures, etc.
Tito López Hernández - (Oaxaca) pine needle baskets (pino cesta aguja)
Roberto Mejia Muñoz - (Mexico) popotillo (straw) art
FURNITURE
Corporación Equipales SC de RL - (Jalisco) a cooperative of families in Zacoalco de Torres working together making incredible equipales
GOURDS
Oligario Hernández Mendoza - (Oaxaca) gourds painted with fine craftsmanship. "Great Masters of Latin America."
HUICHOL
Huichol Center for Cultural Survival and Traditional Arts - (Jalisco) incredible jewelry made from the tiniest seed beads available, other bead and string work pressed into beeswax
Mariano & Cilau Valadez - (Nayarit) Huichol string and bead art
JEWELRY
Artesanías Campesinas Cooperativa - (Guerrero) jewelry cooperative made up of rural Mexican women.
Instituto Casa de Chiapas - (Chiapas) amber jewelry
Cesar Montes & Edith Albarron - (Michoácan) finely crafted silver jewelry using many of the age-old Purepecha designs
Arturo Salgado Vazquez - (Oaxaca) filigree and cartoneado jewelry
LACA/MAQUE
Graciela Díaz Perez - (Chiapas) laca (lacquer ware) using the lac or aje insect only found in Chiapas
Paola Rosendo - (Guerrero) beautiful lacquerware (mirrors, boxes, gourds, animals and much more)
MASKS
Gorgonio Candelario Castro - (Colima) traditional handcarved wood masks. "Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art."
Prudencio Guzmán - (Jalisco) incredible original designs ceramic masks. A member of Grupo Tradicional Tonalteca.
METAL
Arturo Cabrera & Edith Barajas Godoy - (Guanajuato) metal sculptures
Ruth Cortéz Rodríguez - (Guanajuato) silvered Alpaca cutlery, boxes, jewelry, purses, etc.
La Bodega - (Michoácan) finely crafted, hand hammered copper
José Ojeda - (Jalisco) "world-famous"hand-crafted knives. "Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art," and "Great Masters of Latin America."
Conrado Villegas Alcázar - (Oaxaca) tin ornaments and decorations in traditional styles.
MISCELLANEOUS ART
Instituto Desarrollo Artesanal de Zacatecas - (Zacatecas) a public agency assists individuals in low-income areas by teaching them to craft textiles, jewelry, tooled leather and rugs.
Projecto Tarahumara - (Chihuahua) various artwork made by the indigenous Tarahumara people of Chihuahua
PAINTING
José Manuel Robles - (Jalisco) painter who expresses Mexican rural life in his own unique style
PAPER
Centro de Integración Tapalpa, A.C. - (Jalisco) this school is dedicated to nurturing the artistic, creative and academic potential of special-needs children - Papelmalecho, paper maché over recycled garbage
Juventino Díaz Celis - (Guerrero) amate (handmade paper from te fig tree bark)
Pedro Hernández Cruz - (Guanajuato) papier maché
Julio Laja Chichicaxtla, Leobardo Espiritu Rocha - (Puebla) unbelievable handmade amate paper
Taller Leñateros - (Chiapas) Mayan Cooperative of Paper makers& Artists of Nature
ROCK/STONE
J. Ignacio Garcia Rosales - (Jalisco) molcajetes and other hand carved items from volcanic rock
Mezhers Onix - (Puebla) onyx and marble household & decorative objects of all types
WEAVING - RUGS/CARPETS
Rosario Martínez Vasquez and Ernesto Maldonado González - (Oaxaca) Hand woven rugs
Pedro Mendoza Gutierrez - (Oaxaca) hand woven rugs and carpets. "Great Masters of Latin America."
WOOD
Felipe Benítez Miranda - (Guanajuato) unusual Nahuatl alebrijes (carved wood animals) and paintings
Francis & Rodolfo Rodríguez - (Michoacán) whimsical and creatively handmade wood nichos, retablos, lifesize chairs
 

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