Manuel Cruz Prudencio is from the town of San Agustin de las juntas, Oaxaca. He learned the craft from his parents, Don Agustin Cruz Tinoco and Doña Cleotilde Prudencio Ramirez. They left their life as farmers to become artisans, and became famous for their religious wood carvings. Manuel started helping his father out in the shop at the age of 5, but didn’t start carving until the age of 11.
Manuel was awarded with several prizes and acknowledgments for his work. Also, Manuel won 3rd place in the State Award Benito Juarez. The exquisite carvings with delicate and intricate designs are what define his style.