Antonio de Jesús Alonso Cruz, Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca
Antonio de Jesús Alonso Cruz is a graduate of the School of Plastic and Visual Arts at the Benito Juárez University of Oaxaca (UABJO. He dreams of transforming Oaxacan culture by raising awareness of the importance of protecting the natural environment, which is why he works in recycled materials. His school lacked an art program, but his supportive family encouraged his desire, evidenced since kindergarten, to draw, work in clay and paint. He had been working in papier mâché and cartonería for only 18 months when he entered Friend of Oaxacan Folk Art’s 2016 young artists’ competition.
Cartonería consists of a technique with which figures are created through molding and modeling carton (the outside layer of a cardboard box) and/or paper. It is one of the most recognized artforms in Mexico and can be seen in piñatas and figures such as catrinas, Judas figures, alebrijes, etc.
The problem of rubbish inspired Antonio to use materials such as cardboard, paper, aluminum foil, yarn from sweaters, etc. to make his artistic pieces. He has garnered awards in nine competitions — six national and three state.
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Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca
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