The Black Clay has always been Felipe Fabian’s passion, his strokes, his intricate openworks and the designs have always been a determining factor for this artisan to be known in a national and international level.
Originally from San Bartolo Coyotepec, Fabián has forged a long-term career: first place in the Popular Art Grand Prize competition in 1993, first place in the State Ceramic Competition in 1997, first place in the Benito Juárez Prize in Oaxaca in 1997 .
Born in 1961, Fabián has managed to distinguish his handicrafts thanks to modernity and innovation, combining a millenary technique with the traces of a Mexico that looks to the future.
In her designs you can locate the presence of San Mateo del Mar, Tehuantepec. Each garment made by the hands of Palafox carries the feeling of their community, as well as the care and perfection.
The natural colors, the spinning in waist loom and the figures that little by little come off their creativity make it one of the most famous artisans of the region. It is no coincidence that his work has been awarded in the XXX National Grand Prize of Popular Art Contest, the XII Edition of the National Nativity Mexican Contest or the Grand Prize of Popular Art 2006.
He is Originally from San Martín Tilcajete, Jacobo and María Ángeles honor the customs of the Zapotec people through their colors and techniques, with deep gratitude to all the people who have shared their art with them.
In 1994 they obtained the First Place in the contest organized by Bazar del Mundo and the Government of the State of Oaxaca. His works are part of prestigious collections, such as the University of Southern California, the Gallery Hald Moon Bay in California, the Gallery in Colorado, among others. It has also highlighted its presence in museums such as Chicago, Arizona or the Museum of Man.
His style and presence is excepcional , his worldview has transcended the borders of the world, all thanks to the art and idiosyncrasies of the Zapotecs.
Her work can be distinguished from the work of other artisans because of its uniqueness and personality. Her work is also characterized for the originality of her colors and her excellent slipware technique. She is considered an extraordinary exponent of folk art and has a great national trajectory.
She began to manufacture handicrafts since she was very young, elaborating all sorts of utensils so that her mom could sell them. Very soon she realized that this activity was not only her livelihood but her passion and that she was very skilled too. She later had the opportunity to participate in a contest, thanks to a family member who submitted one of her pieces. This way her career as a craftswoman officially began.
She is one of the most awarded artisans, after participating in handicraft contests both state and national. She has also been guest artist in several arts and crafts exhibitions in renowned galleries in the United States. Some of her most important rewards include the: National price for Arts and Sciences, and her appointment as Master Emeritus of Popular Art, which entitles her to act as jury in competitions and to participate in other state and national competitions as well.
The Woodcarving story is Angelico Jimenez and family’s life since his father, Mr. Manuel Jimenez Ramirez and mother Mrs. Viviana Hernandez Aguilar were precursors of such art where colors and designs turn into wonderful thanks to Angelico’s chimerical world.
Despite the needs and the difficult 60’s, the Jimenez Hernandez family took off in the 70’s when Judith Bronowski, a filmmaker, decided to visit their workshop and eventually started to make the Woodcarving known, which is highly associated with the life of San Antonio Arrazola community in Xoxocotlan
From this very moment, it allowed Angelico and his family to start showing their artisanal work to all the international public whom has welcomed it with hype and depth, caring and passion of this family.
The representative work of this craftsman includes pieces with finishings of stamping, smoothing, burnishing and engraving, which make up, basically, all the techniques used in the production of black mud.
His foray into the trade occurred when he was a little boy because his parents assigned him simple tasks to help in the family workshop. Later time he began to produce small pieces, which he perfected over the years, with which he acquired experience and technique in the craft tasks.
With an extensive history in the participation of exhibitions and fairs in the state and in the interior of the country, this potter has been accumulating prizes, as well as knowledge of techniques for the exchange of knowledge with other handcrafts . Accepts almost all the invitations that are made to him, because he knows well the opportunity that these spaces represent. It also participates in courses, conferences and workshops where you can learn about new developments in the artisanal activity.