Folk Art from Oaxaca: Seven Artists, Seven Voices

June 23 – September 20

Folk Art from Oaxaca: Seven Artists, Seven Voices exhibition will consist of 50 sculptures, showcasing the work of seven indigenous Oaxacan artisans: Four potters with ancestral and unique techniques, and three wood carvers, particularly “Alebrijes,” which are whimsical carvings depicting animals, people, objects, and imaginary creatures painted with intense colors and intricate patterns from Oaxaca, Mexico.

Mario Castellanos Gonzalez, one of the exhibiting artists, will travel to Michigan to give workshops at the Museum, the Midland Center for The Arts and Creative 360 in Midland, the Saginaw Art Museum in Saginaw, and Studio 23 in Bay City.  He will demonstrate to students how he carves and paints the wood to make his Alebríjes.

Alejandra Munuzuri, a resident of Oaxaca, is the exhibition curator and will travel to the Museum in June 2017 to give a lecture on the work of the artists as well as contemporary Oaxacan folk art in general.


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Artist: Manuel Reyes


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Artist: Leticia García Blanco


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Artist: Giovanni Melchor Ramos


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Artist: Fernando Peguero


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Artists: Mario Castellanos Gonzalez and Reina Ramirez Carrillo



Neftali Martinez Villanueva