Miguel Paredes, Puebla, Puebla
Miguel Paredes has been working at his craft of making art objects for Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) for over 20 years. His folk art has been passed down through the generations from his grandfather to his father and now to him.
Miguel and his wife, Lilia, live in the state of Puebla, Mexico where he handcrafts calaveras de barro (clay skeletons), nichos (shadow boxes, dioramas), and all types of objects that have been made in Mexico for decades - many of these are difficult to find today - he is keeping an age-old tradition alive.
They are typical of the lighthearted satire that is classic in Mexican Day of the Dead art. The art is fun and festive and not meant to poke fun at the dead, but rather to honor them by giving them equal time through this art. Created clay, wood, and using bits and pieces of ribbon, pop-bottle tops, etc., they are all handmade and hand painted.
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