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Folk Artists

Mexican clay pottery, glass and metal through the eyes of

five folk artists.

What words best define “folk art”? For me it has always been the art of the people, the art that talks about everyday life and experiences. Across the category are pictures of farming, dancing, eating, going to market. We find pictures and figures of animals, mythological gods and demons, children’s tales and cautionary pictorial warnings. All of it comprises the fabric of life for people who live very close to the earth and their ancestors.

The photographs here show some of the work of Candalerio Medrano, one of the national treasures of Mexico, and a pioneer and teller of tales in “barro”, or clay. His worked is displayed at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in N.Y.C., and collected widely when it can be found. We have the honor of showing works by his son, Serapio Medrano, who is following closely in his father’s footsteps.

Of all the aspects of folk art, perhaps the whimsy, humor, vision, and sheer emotional accessibility are the most enticing aspects of the art form, because it doesn’t require a lot of intellectual massaging to understand it beyond cultural references – it is simply there, eliciting an emotional response. You are inside the art work without the need to be told “what it means”.

Over time we will share this folk art with you as we find it. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

 

Rafael
Pineda

Serapio
Medrano

Angel Montes

Guadalupe

Lopez

Rodolfo Carrillo

 
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