Archive for June, 2010

Purepecha Indian Pottery from Huancito, Michoacan

Kevin June 26th, 2010

The Purepecha indians from Huancito, Michoacan have for centuries made off of their utilitarian cooking pots by digging the clay from the local river beds.  Over the last 25years however several families in Huancito have taken it upon themselves to rescue their ancient tecniques of making laquer paints from the natural clay pigments.  Red, black, brown, and white are natural colors that the woman extract from the clay by working it on a metate.  The pots are hand formed and the colors are barnished onto the pots, painted and fired.

The origins of the Purepecha is just one of the many mysteries surrounding this ancient tribe.  Linguistically they have no relatives, but have been very successful in maintaining their dialect; today most kids are sent to school to learn Spanish as it is not spoken in the home.  The Aztec called the Purepecha humming birds, it is still a recurring theme in their folk art today.

Cecilio Carrillo Bonilla

Kevin June 26th, 2010

Cecilio is one of the pioneers of realism in Huichol yarn painting but had been going through some tough times.  After a long drought that can only be compared to writers block,  Cecilio believes he was hexed by a jealous shaman who block his creative powers.  After about 3years of trying to work off this evil hex Cecilio is back with a new distinct style that collectors are really going to love.

Santos Daniel Carrillo Jimenez

Kevin June 26th, 2010

Santos Daniel is undoubtably one of the most collected Huichol artists.  A pioneer of the art he has over 25years of experience that add real depth to his portfolio.  Vibrant colors combined with his unique tecnique of texturing the yarn make up Santos trade mark style.  We are very excited to be able to show a selection of his 24″ pieces are are eagerly anticipating his latest 4′ masterpiece that should be done in the next week or two.

Luis Castro

Kevin June 4th, 2010

After almost a year we are very excited to have Luis Castro back health and ready to work.  Luis was commissioned by the British Museum in London to do a number of pieces for their boutiques.  His work was to coincide with the exhibition they were hosting on the life of Moctezuma.  Unfortunately because of personal reasons Luis was only able to produce a handfull of pieces compared with the number the museum ordered him to do.  It was not long after that when his father Eliseo had Luis in an institution seeking the help he needed to straighten his life out.  Its been a long, hard struggle back but Luis is now healthy, and very excited about getting back to work.