Ma. del Pilar Nuñez, Tlaquepaque, Jalisco
Pantaleon Panduro was born in Tlaquepaque, Jalisco on July 26, 1847. Gifted with an amazing talent to sculpt clay, he created human figurines and busts with extreme realism. He never received any formal instruction, but his natural talent granted him international recognition. His talent and pioneering of this art form created a new art tradition in the village of Tlaquepaque. Pantaleón had a lot of competition in his time and had many apprentices. One of them was Nuñez Hernández. María del Pilar Núñez, Eva Núñez and Concha Núñez, three sisters, today carry on this family’s colorful tradition of sculpted clay figurines.
Within the El Refugio Cultural Center located in San Pedro Tlaquepaque, there is the Pantaleón Panduro Museum, a space dedicated to the constant exhibition of handicrafts and works of art created by the artisans of the municipality. Carefully painted with the details of each character, if you would like your own portrait in clay, the family takes special orders. Among their figures are typical Mexican characters—former Mexican presidents, cowboys, famous people, mariachis, vendors, dancers, fishermen, indigenous figures, etc.
Don Margarito Núñez Martínez (the fourth member of the dynasty) is famous for his collection of presidents of Mexico, from Agustín de Iturbide to Felipe Calderón, represented in the pure Panduro style, in small clay sculptures — 65 figurines with life-like features. In 1994, Pilar Núñez decided to expand the collection of presidents of Mexico, when she included the heads of state from Agustín de Iturbide to Lerdo de Tejada, a contribution that completed the work of her teacher and father. The collection has given recognition to her work and career as an artisan.
Among the dozens of awards and recognitions this family has garnered, one stands out, the one that names Don Margarito Nuñez Martínez as “ A Living Legend” of Mexico, an award granted by the National Fund for the Promotion of Handicrafts (FONART) in 2004.
Col. Centro, Tlaquepaque
33 1641 2636 casa; 3310 97 09 50 cell