José Juan García Aguilar
Famous ceramic folk art muñecas (figures)
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Prol. Morelos 420
José Juan García Aguilar is the very talented youngest son of Josefina Aguilar. Born in 1974, he grew up in a family renowned for creating distinctive collectible clay works of art. He has established himself as one of the premier sculptors in the world of Mexican folk art. Having shown both nationally (in Mexico) and abroad his style is quite unique - wonderful saint figures as well as bugs and animals with skull heads.
He does all this work himself, his wife helps with the painting of the primary colors. His detailed painting stands apart from other artists. He crafts his pieces from locally collected clays then fired in a pit kiln before being meticulously painted.
The Aguilar family is world renowned clay figurine folk artists from the village of Ocotlán, Oaxaca, Mexico. José Juan’s mother, Josefina, is famous for her time-honored traditional handicraft called muñecas who gained international acclaim when her pieces were collected by Nelson Rockefeller during trips to Oaxaca in the 1970s. This family of artists capture the joyful celebration of everyday life and cultural traditions of pueblo life in Mexico.
Josefina’s mother was Dona Isaura Alcantara Díaz who died in 1969 at the age of 44. She was the innovator of an important and delightful genre of ceramics. Departing from the utilitarian objects such as bowls, vessels and pots produced by her contemporaries in her village of Ocotlán de Morelos, she introduced decorative human figures. These imaginatively captured the daily life, passionate expressiveness and cultural richness of pueblo life. Her highly detailed, colorfully painted human figures embodied their traditional lives’ vitality, depth of emotion and pulse.