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"More than a Feria"

12th Annual - November 15-17, 2013
Club de Yates de Chapala (Chapala Yacht Club)
Paseo Ramón Corona, Chapala, Jalisco

2013 Maestros
Maestros from Other Years: 2012, 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 (artensánia) 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 help these artists and the Feria with your contribution. Please see our Sponsor page. Help us keep Mexico's legacy of folk and indigenous art alive.

Artists attending Feria Maestros del Arte 2013 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.

Zeny (Zenen) Fuentes - (Oaxaca) alebrijes - carved wood creatures of the imagination.
Angélico Jímenez - (Oaxaca) alebrijes - carved wood creatures of the imagination.
Leonardo Linares - (Mexico) alebrijes - creatures made from carton and wire. Sponsored by Fomento Cultural Banamex, publishers of "The Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art" in which Leonardo is featured.
Marcelo Vidales Fuentes - (Oaxaca) alebrijes - carved wood creatures of the imagination.
José Abraham Ruiz (Mexico) finely carved bone miniatures. Sponsored by Fomento Cultural Banamex, publishers of "The Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art" in which Don Roberto Ruiz (father) is featured.
Artes de Mexico - September 1988 was the first issue of the Artes de Mexico encyclopedic book collection on Mexico, it's art and culture.
Emilio Barocio Yacobo - (Michoacán) ceramic Catrinas (skeleton fancy-dressed figures)
Veronica Casares Lee - (Michoacán) ceramic figures
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."
Angélica Vásquez Cruz - defender of women's self-expression through her terracotta clay figures
José Luis Cortéz Hernández - (Jalisco) extraordinary bruñido pottery
Miguel Fabian Pedro - (Oaxaca) the famous barro negro (black) pottery of San Bartolo Coyotepec, Oaxaca
Guadalupe García Rios - (Michoacán) high-fired unique ceramics of the highest quality
Juana Gómez Ramírez - (Chiapas) intricate ceramic jaguars, pots, and other ceramic items.
Pedro Hernández Carlos - (Michoacán) The famous pineapple (piña) pottery taken to a new level by this creative artist.
Manuel Jerónimo Reyes - (Michocán) famous black ceramics from Santa Fe de la Laguna. "Great Masters of Latin American Folk Art."
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.
Santos, Juan - (Michoacán) this distinctive and easily recognized pottery comes from the remote Purépecha Indian village Cocucho in the state of Michoacán.

Angahuan Cooperativa - (Michoacán) the entire pueblo of Angahuan joins together to form a weaving cooperative - rebozos (shawls), gabans (ponchos), etc.

Enedina Castillo Castillo - (Michoacán) traditional rebozos (shawls)
Cooperative Jolom Ancianos Mayaetik - (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."
Adolfo García Días (Fito) - (México) Hand woven rebozos (shawls)
Florentina López de Jesus - (Guerrero) fabulous hand-woven garments. "Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art" and "Great Masters of Latin America."
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)
Moises Martínez - (Oaxaca) hand-woven silk rebozos (shawls)
Teófila and Bertha Servin Barriga - (Michoacán) hand-embroidered clothing, scenes on manta cloth and much more.
Pascuala Vázquez Hernández - (Chiapas) the famous textile work of Chiapas
Hermenegildo Contreras Cruz - (Oaxaca) corn husk works of art. "Great Masters of Oaxaca Folk Art."
Miguel Paredes - (Puebla) whimsical Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) figures, boxes, items that are becoming very difficult to find in Mexico.
Alejandro Camacho Barrera - (Mexico) paper maché toys and alebrijes - creatures of the imagination.
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.
Marcelo Vidales Fuentes - (Oaxaca) alebrijes
Artesanias Zani - (Jalisco) fine woven palm - jewelry, figures, etc.
Tito López Hernández - (Oaxaca) pine needle baskets (pino cesta aguja)
Isabel Mendoza - (Jalisco) - popotillo (straw) art
Corporación Equipales SC de RL - (Jalisco) a cooperative of families in Zacoalco de Torres working together making incredible equipales
Mario Casimiro Téllez - (Michoacán) handcarved wood furniture
Delfino Victor Sánchez - (Michoacán) creative mirrors made of wood and natural "found" objects from nature
Oligario Hernández Mendoza - (Oaxaca) gourds painted with fine craftsmanship. "Great Masters of Latin America."
Marcos García López - (Jalisco) Huichol string art
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
Juan García Hernández "Hernan Torrez García - (Chiapas) amber and silver jewelry
Cesar Montes & Edith Albarron - (Michoácan) finely crafted silver jewelry using many of the age-old Purepecha designs
Gabriela Sanchez Arias - (Jalisco) silver jewelry
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)
Gorgonio Candelario Castro - (Colima) traditional handcarved wood masks. "Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art."
Martin, Gerardo & Juan Carlos Salgado Castrejon - (Michoacán) traditional handcarved wood masks colored with maque (a lacquer technique). Father, Victoriano, was featured in the "Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art."
Arturo Cabrera & Edith Barajas Godoy - (Guanajuato) metal sculptures
Roberto Castro Hernández - (Michoacán) hand-hammered copper
Ruth Cortéz Rodríguez - (Guanajuato) silvered Alpaca cutlery, boxes, jewelry, purses, etc.
La Bodega - (Michoacán) Salvador Hernández creates incredible works of copper art - sinks, tables, bathtubs, and much more equipales
José Ojeda - (Jalisco) "world-famous"hand-crafted knives. "Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art," and "Great Masters of Latin America."
Lake Chapala Society's (LCS) Children's Art Program - (Jalisco) paintings created by the children of Lake Chapala.
José Manuel Robles - (Jalisco) painter who expresses Mexican rural life in his own unique style
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
Pedro Hernández Cruz- (Guanajuato) papier maché
Julio Laja Chichicaxtla, Leobardo Espiritu Rocha- (Puebla) unbelievable handmade amate paper
Nacho Martínez- (Guerrero) original painting on handmade amate (paper)

Centro de Arte Textil Zapoteco Bii Daüü SC de RL - Mariano Sosa - (Oaxaca) cooperative in Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca that uses only natural dyes and methods in their weaving.

Rosario Martínez Vasquez and Ernesto Maldonado González - (Oaxaca) Hand woven rugs
Projecto Tarahumara - (Chihuahua) various artwork made by the indigenous Tarahumara people of Chihuahua
Aracelia Barbero - (Jalisco) hand-painted wood framed mirrors
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