This year the Feria del Artes …….. a very colourful display of Mexican arts.
This is a show of well known and respected artists coming from all over Mexico .
This is a family who makes pottery for which the village of Amatenango is famed. In 1990s an artist Pancho Alvares came to Amatenango from San Cristobal de las Casas to teach local potters how to make jaguar figures. This family mastered this art and also jars decorated with jaguars. This is supplementing family’s income from farming.
Close up : The painted detail is pretty impressive
Other great example of this family’s art is this little crocodile… great imagination and such a great detail in the paint job.
Colourful pottery is very popular in this country but this was different from the usual Talavera that one can see everywhere and pretty well represents the image of Mexican pottery.
Still colourful but nowhere in the style of Talavera from another potters.
The same style of graphic design from the this artistic family
More examples of artful pottery of another artist:
little more traditional pottery
And my very favorite vase
I noticed that there was more textile art than last year
Embroidery from Oaxaca
Other discipline there was representing wood carvings and imaginative painting of these pieces.
This was amazing display of a talented artist Zeny Fuentes Mendez from Oaxaca. He is a native indian and a fourth generation woodcarver. He started to carve and paint when he was 7 year old by his father. His mother is primary painter in the family but he prefers to paint his own carvings.
In 1930s families carved toys for their children and masks for religious festivals. In 1990s these carvings became popular after the Smithonian featured Oaxacan carvers.
Mask carver with a different style
And hand painted wooden trays and boxes
Hand painter mirror
Most artist and sellers were very colourful as well.
Very popular art in Mexico is representation of Day of dead day are dolls called Catrinas. They are on display and for sale year round.
The character itself has an interesting history:
First etching was created sometime between 1910 and 1913 by José Guadalupe Posada and more info on this character can be found in Wikipedia
Artist creating interesting straw wall art.
Close up of leather art on popular furniture pieces called equipqle.
Popular equipale furniture
There were many more artist showing their art and because this show is a every year affair I am looking forward to catch more in the pictures next year.