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15th Annual
November 11-13, 2016

Maestros from Other Years: 2015, 2014, 2013, 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 (artensania) of Mexico. Artists are invited from all corners of Mexico based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of their work,
  • Has their art been passed down generation to generation,
  • Does the artist use "natural" pigments/materials as was done in the past, 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.

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Help us keep Mexico's legacy of folk and indigenous art alive.

 

ALEBRIJES
Zeny (Zenen) Fuentes - (Oaxaca) alebrijes - carved wood creatures of the imagination.
Jesús Hernández Torres - (Oaxaca) alebrijes - carved wood creatures of the imagination.
Eleazar Morales - (Oaxaca) alebrijes - carved wood creatures of the imagination.
BASKETS
Cooperativa de Artesanos Indigenas de Sonora (CAIS) - (Sonora) handwoven baskets made from the wood from a shrub considered sacred to them: prieto torote (Jatropha cuneata)
BONE
José Abraham Ruiz (Mexico) finely carved bone miniatures. "The Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art" in which Don Roberto Ruiz (father) is featured.
CERAMIC FIGURES
Emilio Barocio Yacobo - (Michoacán) ceramic Catrinas (skeleton fancily-dressed figures)
Alfonso Castillo Orta Family - (Puebla) Trees of Life, ceramic figures. Featured in the book "Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art".
Antonio Eurípides Pedro Gonzáles - (Oaxaca) black clay figures.
José Juan García Aguilar - (Oaxaca) ceramic figures. His famous mother, Josefina Aguilar featured in the book "Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art" will also be attending the show.
Grupo Ben Tsam - (Chiapas) clay animals
Esperanza Hernández Díaz & Albertina Gómez Pérez - (Chiapas) traditional ceramic animals
Martin Ibarra - (Jalisco) intricate ceramic virgins and other ceramic pieces
CERAMICS
David Aceves - (Jalisco) Sayula Mayólica has been revived
Arte Casbal - (Puebla) handpainted polychrome ceramics - trees of life, Catrinas, etc.
Guadalupe García Ríos - (Michoacán) high-fired unique ceramics of the highest quality
Juana Gómez Ramírez - (Chiapas) intricate ceramic jaguars, pots, and other ceramic items. Featured in the book "Great Masters of Latin America."
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. Featured in the book "Great Masters of Latin American Folk Art."
miniature Agustín Jimón Barba - (Jalisco) the famous bandera pottery in miniature of Tonalá.
Silvia Martínez Díaz - (Oaxaca) pre-Hispanic molded clay pottery often with asas (handles)
Lucy Mora - (Chihuahua) famous thin-walled Mata Ortiz pottery
Angel Ortiz Gabriel & Angel Ortiz Arana - (Jalisco) barro bruñido (burnished pottery).
Nicasio Pajarito González- (Jalisco) the famous barro canelo (cinnamon) pottery of Tonalá. Featured in the book "Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art."
Cesar Torres Ramírez - (Puebla) talavera pottery. Featured in the book "Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art."
CLOTHING/TEXTILES
Cecilia Bautista - (Michoacán) Award-winning Purépecha black with light-blue stripes (and often feathers and/or beads in the fringe) rebozos
Enriqueta Cenobio Calixto - (Mexico) Mazahua textiles and miniature embroidery
Xaxanacuchi Cooperativa/Elvira Garcia Santiago, Huehuetla, Puebla - huipiles, textiles de bordados/embroidery Colectivo de Mujeres Totonacas Flor de Maiz Comuto Xaxanacuchi - (Puebla) embroidery
Cooperativa Flor de Dalia - deshilado (taking out threads), San Felipe de los Herreros, Michoacán Cooperativa Flor de Dalia - (Michoacán) deshilado (taking out threads)
Backstrap weaving from San Mateo del Mar, Oaxaca Cooperativa San Mateo del Mar - (Oaxaca) intricate weaving
Dreamweavers - (Oaxaca) weavers of textiles
Adolfo García Días (Fito)- (México) Hand woven rebozos (shawls)
Oliverio Gómez Pérez - (Chiapas) embroidered blouses and guayaberas (type of man's shirt)
Rosaura González Sebastián - (Michoacán) rebozos (shawls), napkins, etc. made on a backstrap loom
Arturo Hernández Quero - (Oaxaca) hand-woven rebozos (shawls) and gabanes (ponchos) dyed with natural dyes
Catarina Juárez Hernández - (Chiapas) embroidered blouses (huipiles) made of manta (cotton cloth) from Aguacatenango
Kinal Antzetik- (Chiapas) textiles
Kip Tik - (Chiapas) textiles
La Flor de Xochistlahuaca - (Guerrero) fabulous hand-woven garments. The great maestra, Florentina López de Jesus (1939-2014), who began this cooperativa is featured in the book "Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art" and "Great Masters of Latin America."
Manta de Lago - (Jalisco) clothing made from manta (100% natural unbleached cotton also known as “cotton crudo”, “wild cotton” or organic cotton. The cotton fiber is sturdier, more loosely woven and cool.)
María Luisa Mendoza Vázquez - (Chiapas) textiles
Laura Merino - (Oaxaca) hand-woven huipiles (traditional Mexican dress)
Presa de Barajas - (Jalisco) tatting (knotted lace) rebozos, scarves, earrings, etc.
Teófila and Bertha Servin Barriga - (Michoacán) hand-embroidered clothing, scenes on manta cloth and much more.
Sna Jolobil Cooperativa - (Chiapas) Mayan textiles
Pascuala Vázquez Hernández - (Chiapas) the famous textile work of Chiapas
DOLLS
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/POTOTILLO
Maleni Cruz Uc - (Campeche) handwoven Panama hats from huano or jipe (palm fibers). Her father was featured in the book "Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art".
Ofelia Madariaga & Gloria Leticia Villajuana - (Yucatán) hammocks. Featured in the book "Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art"
Isabel Mendoza- (Jalisco) - popotillo (straw) art
FURNITURE
Arcelia Barbero - (Jalisco) hand-painted wood framed mirrors
Mario Gasimiro Téllez - (Michoacán) handcarved wood furniture
GLASS
Artesanias en Vidrio - (Mexico) hand-blown Christmas ornaments and other decorative glass objects
Magdiel Garcia Hernandez - (Mexico) hand-etched glass. Featured in the book "Great Masters of Latin American Folk Art"
HUICHOL
Kena Bautista & Francisco Bautista Carrillo - (Jalisco) Huichol beadwork, string paintings, etc.
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
JEWELRY
Felix Bautista Martínez (Oaxaca) - silver yalalag crosses and necklaces. Featured in the book "Great Masters of Oaxaca Folk Art."
María Elena González Rodríguez (Mexico) - cloth jewelry with adornments
María Elizabeth Mendoza Estrada and Jorge Gabriel Velazco (Chiapas) - Amber and silver
Rosana Sánchez Arias & Francisco Sánchez Sahagún/Joyas Citlali - (Jalisco) silver jewelry
LACA/MAQUE
Florencia Espinal Ramírez - (Guerrero) beautiful lacquerware (mirrors, boxes, gourds, animals and much more)
Martina Navarro de Saint Phalle - (Michoacán) Wood and guaje (a kind of hollowed, broad-based gourd) using the technique called macque (natural earth pigments) to decorate the pieces.
LACANDON
Chan Kin Tercero & Kin García Martínez - (Chiapas) Lacandon art
LEATHER
Angél Vásquez Cruz - (Chiapas) hand-crafted leather work
MASKS
Gorgonio Candelario Castro - (Colima) traditional handcarved wood masks. His father was featured in the book "Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art"
Prudencio Guzmán - (Jalisco) incredible original designs ceramic masks. A member of Grupo Tradicional Tonalteca.
Manuel Valencia - (Michoacán) traditional handcarved wood dance masks.
METAL
Ruth Cortes Rodríguez - (Guanajuato) silvered Alpaca cutlery, boxes, jewelry, purses, etc.
Guadalupe Hermosillo Escobar - (Chiapas) the famous forged iron house crosses of San Cristóbal de las Casas
José Ojeda - (Jalisco) "world-famous "handcrafted knives. "Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art", and Great Masters of Latin America".
Rocio Edith Pindter Ortiz - (Guanajuato) tin nichos, decorated wood chairs
Conrado Villegas Alcazar - (Oaxaca) tin Christmas ornaments, etc.
NATIVITY SCENES +
Pablo Paredes Goche - (Jalisco) ceramic nacimientos (nativity scenes) and figures
PAINTING
José Manuel Robles - (Jalisco) painter who expresses Mexican rural life in his own unique style.
Lake Chapala Society's (LCS) Children's Art Program - (Jalisco) paintings created by the children of Lake Chapala.
PAPER
Centro de Integración Tapalpa, A.C. - (Jalisco) this school is dedicated to nurturing the artistic, creative and academic potential of special-needs children - papier mâché using recycled garbage
Oscar Daniel Chávez Hernández - (Michoacán) paper mache
Pedro Hernández Cruz - (Guanajuato) papier maché
Pedro Ortega Lozano - (Mexico) traditional papel picado as well as cut paper work done in foil
Taller Leñateros - (Chiapas) Mayan Cooperative of Paper makers & Artists of Nature
SHOES/FOOTWEAR
José Luis Martínez González - (Oaxaca) shoes/footwear using traditional woven/embroidered fabric from Oaxaca
TARAHUMARA
Projecto Tarahumara - (Chihuahua) various artwork made by the indigenous Tarahumara people of Chihuahua
TOYS
Matilde Hernández Pérez - (Chiapas) animalitos (animals) made of embroidered wool
WEAVING & RUGS/CARPETS
Las Rancheritas Cooperativa - (Guanajuato) hand-hooked rugs
Francisco Martínez Ruiz & Isaac Armando Martínez Laso - (Oaxaca) textiles
Jacobo Mendoza - (Oaxaca) hand-woven rugs
WOOD
La Cooperativa Agua y Monte, S.C. de R.L. de C.V. - (Veracruz) handcarved wood
Felipe Benítez Miranda - (Guanajuato) unusual Nahuatl carved wood animals and paintings
Jorge González Moreno - (Chiapas) woodcarver
Francisca & Rodolfo Rodríguez - (Michoacán) whimsical and creatively handmade wood nichos, retablos, lifesize chairs
Celerino C. Vázquez - (Hidalgo) incredible handmade wood objects such as miniature violins, inlaid with abalone shell.