Laureano Martínez Guzman Capula Michoacán Capula, Michoacán

Laureano Martínez Guzman
Capula, Michoacán

The creation of folk art in Mexico is mostly done in family homes and is part of daily activities such as cooking, or going to the market to buy vegetables. Laureano Martínez of Capula, Michoacán is the third generation of his family to work in barro (clay). He learned from his father, who still makes pots and other decorative items, while his grandparents made utilitarian items. He currently works in the family workshop with his wife, Marina Castro Lópes, daughter, María Cecilia Martínez Castro, and son, José Martínez Castro, as well as a niece.

Until about 2000, Laureano worked making utilitarian pots and pans using the dotted decoration technique (small dots). He relates that it was costly to make such detailed pieces and the precision to detail was affecting his eyesight. He began painting Catrinas from other artisans and eventually decided to create them as well. His work is beautifully detailed and he is constantly developing new themes such as adding hummingbirds.

At first glance, many are horrified or fearful at the figure of the Catrinas, skeletons dressed in outrageous clothing. In Mexican folk art, death is the other half of life and is a common occurrence. The most lighthearted depiction of death in Mexico is a good reminder to us of the inevitable and there is nothing more appropriate than the Catrinas, one of the most whimsical art forms Mexico has to offer. Laureano has found his niche making Catrinas and they are in great demand. He is constantly improving his work and is uncompromising on quality and his continuation of this art form.


Av Vasco de Quiroga #315

Capula, Michoacán

443 369 3521

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