José Juan García Aguilar, Ocotlán de Morelos, Oaxaca
José Juan García Aguilar is the talented youngest son of Josefina Aguilar. Born in 1974, Jose Juan grew up in a family renowned for creating decorative clay figures. He has established himself as one of Mexico's premier folk art sculptors. He has taught his unique style within Mexico as well as abroad. He is distinguished for his figures of saints, as well as animals and insects with skulls.
He himself is involved in the complete process of each piece and his wife supports him by giving the first coat of primary colors to the pieces. He molds his pieces with the clay he collects locally, bakes them and finishes by painting them with great detail. His skill as a painter stands out from other artists.
The Aguilar family is recognized in the world as artists of clay figures. They are originally from the town of Ocotlán de Morelos, in Oaxaca. Jose Juan's mother, Josefina, is famous for her dolls which are considered traditional Mexican handicrafts. These dolls gained international acclaim when they were collected by Nelson Rockefeller during his trips to Oaxaca in the 1970s. This family of artists captures the jovial celebration of daily life and folk traditions in Mexico.
Josefina's mother was Doña Isaura Alcantara Diaz, who died in 1969 at the age of 44. She was the innovator of an important and delightful genre of pottery. Departing from the utilitarian objects such as bowls, vessels, and pots produced by her contemporaries in her village, she introduced decorative human figures. His figures imaginatively capture the daily life, passionate expressiveness and cultural richness of village life. The great detail of his colorful hand-painted human figures envelops the "vitality" of their traditional lives and the depth of their emotion and pulse.
Prolongacion de Morelos #420
Ocotlán de Morelos, Oaxaca
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