Category Archives: Meet the Artists

Event | Odilon Merino In-Store Weaving Demonstration

Odilon Merino

RECEPTION: Thursday, July 6th, 5:00-9:00 PM IN-STORE DEMO: Friday, July 7th, 11:00-5:00 PM & Saturday, July 8th from 11:00-5:00 PM El Interior is proud to announce that Mexican Indigenous weaver Odilon Merino Morales will be in Austin at our store, in the Clarksville neighborhood, 1009 West Lynn Street, July 6th through the 8th. Mr. Merino will […]

Event | Efren Gonzalez Art Exhibit and Demonstration

We are very excited to host an art exhibit and demonstration with the Austin Friends of Folk Art featuring Efren Gonzalez, an artist from Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico. He will be visiting Austin to share his images of daily life in Ajijic. Come early and see Efren’s painting demonstration and ask questions about his art! His work will also be for […]

Mexico Buying Trip January 2017 – Part 1

Our store owner, Marcia Lucas, has embarked on her journey towards Oaxaca, Mexico this month! There, she will curate a variety of unique folk art pieces as well as handmade clothing from many different artists in and around the state of Oaxaca. Below are some photos from Marcia while on her road trip across the […]

Josefina Aguilar – Artist Update

Josefina-Aguilar-Artist-Update

In 2014, famous potter Josefina Aguilar of Ocotlan, Oaxaca Mexico  became blind. I remember visiting her shortly after her blindness struck and discussing with her about how her hands were going to become her eyes– “my hands know what to do” she told me. To back that up I am sharing  a few photos from a […]

Folk Artist Demetrio Aguilar Explains His “Gentlemen Jaguar” Piece

Owner Marcia Lucas recently returned from a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico with a wonderful new piece from folk artist Demetrio Aguilar. He calls it the Caballero Juaguar or “Gentlemen Jaguar”. Watch this video where he explains the meaning behind the artistry.  

Isidoro Cruz – Master Carver from Oaxaca

Isidoro Cruz is a master wood-carver from San Martin Tilcajete, Oaxaca. He is also the father of Nayeli Cruz, who followed in her father’s tradition and married fellow wood-carving artist, Gaspar Calvo Fabian. Isidoro started carving at a young age, making masks for local carnivals. He continues to make masks, as well as all sorts […]

Concepción Aguilar – Clay Artist

Concepción Aguilar, the youngest of the famous Aguilar Sisters, was just nine when her mother died without teaching her the skills she had previously passed on to her three other daughters. However, Concepción developed her incredible skill with clay first by imitating her sisters and then constantly pushing herself to further develop her talent. Perhaps because […]

Gaspar Calvo Fabian & Nayeli Cruz – Master Carvers from Oaxaca

We list Gaspar Calvo Fabian and Nayeli Cruz together, because they’re a husband-and-wife team working in the Oaxacan tradition of wood-carving. Gaspar Calvo Fabian hails from the Fabian family of San Martin Tilcajete, Oaxaca, while his wife Nayeli Cruz is the daughter of pioneer master folk artist Isidoro Cruz. They each offer their versions of […]

Josefina Aguilar – Master Clay Artist

Update: Josefina Aguilar is now blind, as of 2014. Read more about how she continues to create folk art, despite her disability, here: Josefina Aguilar – Artist Update Josefina Aguilar of Oaxaca, Mexico, is perhaps one of the most collectable folk artists today. Josefina’s skill was noticed when she was quite young, and by the time […]

Inocencio Vasquez – Master Carver

Wooden Nahual figures

Master carver Inocencio Vasquez loves to delve into his village’s superstitious past. Nahuals (Meso-American shapeshifters depicted as human figures with animal faces) and drunken skeletons are some of his signature works. Each one of his creations has a timeless quality to it. He says of his work, ” I capture the combination of good and […]

Guillermina Aguilar – Master Clay Artist

Hand-painted clay chicken jar

Guillermina Aguilar, the eldest of the four famous Aguilar sisters, was born in Ocotlán de Morelos, Oaxaca. Inspired by her fertile imagination, her ceramic repertoire is rich. In the beginning, she created figures of ducks, hens and bulls, and later turned to more complicated female figures in highly detailed costumes, down to their dangling earrings. […]