Category Archives: Meet the Artists

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. […]

Gabino Reyes – Master Wood Carver

Carved wooden donkey & foal with Virgen of Guadalupe

Gabino Reyes is one of the most incredible artists that has emerged from within the rich tradition of wood carving in Oaxaca. His work is exceptional, with an emphasis on fine detail. He is among the best of Oaxacan woodcarvers, and although his work is not widely available, they are true treasures. Unlike many other […]

Reynaldo Santiago – Artisan Woodcarver

Arrazola, La Unión Tejalapan, and San Martín Tilcajete are all known for their wood-carvers, yet La Unión is by far the prettiest, as well as the most remote. A collection of adobe houses sparingly dot the hillside, separated by milpas (corn and bean fields). Nestled in foothills of the Oaxaca valley, La Unión is culturally […]

Enedina Vasquez – Artist from Oaxaca

Clay Mexican hairless dog

Enedina Vasquez is an artist from Atzompa, a village located very close to Oaxaca City and just a few miles from the archaeological site of Monte Albán. Using innovation that she takes great pride in, Enedina broke from tradition by creating new designs and techniques in clay that has won her commendation from the ceramics […]

Juan Gutierrez – Award-Winning Potter

Juan Gutierrez is the son of Herlindo Gutierrez, and a three-time winner for 1st place in a prestigious ceramic competition for his gorgeous and painstaking Michoacán pottery. Such pieces are made by first extracting large chunks of clay from the earth and brought back to the village. These chunks are the raw material used in […]

Dolores Porras – Oaxacan Potter

The making of pottery among indigenous people is always a family affair, and Dolores Porras, with her family, had been creating pots for over 60 years. She lived in the village of Atzompa, Oaxaca, and when she was young, she worked with the traditional green glazes of the village as well as producing clay “muñecas,” […]

Angélica Vásquez Cruz – Master Potter from Oaxaca

Angélica Vásquez Cruz is a master Potter from Atzompa, Oaxaca, Mexico. She is the sister of Enedina Vasquez, and both she and her sister began working with clay at a young age. Angélica does not actually paint her work, but instead developed a process using “agobes,” her term for natural colored substances, such as stone or volcanic […]