Gonzalo Rodríguez Gerónimo, Nacajuca, Tabasco
Gonzalo Rodríguez Gerónimo is an artisan who began working with vegetable fibers and the young age of six years old — palm, reed, tulle, cattail, water lily and jolotzin (sorry, couldn’t find a translation). He is from the Tapotzingo in the municipality of Nacajuca, Tabasco and learned his craft from his parents.
At the XLV National Grand Prize for Popular Art 2020, in the Semi-Hard Fiber Weaving category, artisan Gonzalo Rodríguez Gerónimo, originally from the Tapotzingo Village in the municipality of Nacajuca, Tabasco, won Third Place with a piece entitled “Tapotzin”, a plate woven in palm, with double knot and palm wand structure with highlights of green guano and hyacinth.
Gonzalo believes his life has had 3 parts: First — He began creating miniatures that I garnered him important prizes for his craftsmanship. Second — He began making baskets that brought him the notoriety and brought him the opportunity to travel, exhibit and share his knowledge about creative process. Third — This has been the most satisfying portion of his life to-date. In 2015, he started a project to bring together other artisans in his community. Today, 80 artisans make up the Tapotzingo Collective of which Gonzalo is the president. Together with workshops they have accomplished some large-scale projects, such as the Tabasco booth at the Tianguis Turístico in Acapulco and Merida.
Some of his works are in the Banamex cultural collection and others have been in exhibitions held by the Museo de Arte Popular in Mexico City and in France. In 2015 I participated in the ITB International Fair in Berlin, Germany. In 2017, he founded the Collective of artisans and artisans of Tapotzingo, Nacajuca, with the aim of reactivating the artisan sector of the community through training and management of spaces for the exhibition and commercialization of the crafts made by the local workshops.
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