Famous ceramic folk art muñecas (figures)
Josefina, Guillermina, Irene, and Concepcion are the four Aguilar sisters from the village of Ocatlan, Oaxaca. They have become world-famous for their painted ceramic figures. Each sister works in clay, but each has their own distinctive style reflecting their own view of the world.
Josefina Aguilar gained international acclaim when her pieces were collected by Nelson Rockefeller during trips to Oaxaca in the 1970s. Most of the pieces created by the Aguilars focus on Mexican traditions and folklore - Frida Kahlo, Virgin de Guadalupe, Day of the Dead, scenes of the local market, ladies of the night, religious events or historical characters.
Josefina's learned her craft from her father. Her skill began to be noticed when she was young, and by the time she was in her early twenties, the media in both the US and Europe were writing articles about her work. Interest in her art has continued to grow, and she is now considered a major folk artist in ceramics.
The Aguilar family’s art is collected around the world. Collections can be seen in the International Folk Art Museum of Santa Fe, the Rockefeller wing of the San Antonio Art Museum, and the Mexican Museums of San Francisco and Chicago. The ceramic bowl to the right is by Irene Aguilar.
Josefina's whimsical folk art are examples of the time-honored traditional handicraft called muñecas.
Josefina is now blind, however, she continues working and creating whimsical figures from her imagination. She children paint them for her.