• Eliseo Castro

     Eliseo Castro was a young man when Kal Muhler took the photos of him that ended up in the book Art of the Huichol ed. K. Berin 1978. Today there are many artists who interpret their myths and beliefs using the traditional yarn technique but Don Eliseo has that mistic style that harks back to the old days when we all lived a simpler life.

  • Luis Castro

    Luis Castro is the son of Eliseo Castro, one of the pioneers of huichol yarn paintings. His family comes from the ranch of Los Guayabos, near the town of San Andres Cohamiata. Luis’ designs are much more complex than his father’s. His sense of realism and perspective are taking Wixarika (Huichol) Art in new directions. 

  • Hilaria Chavez Carrillo

    Hilaria Chavez Carrillo is a Wixarika (Huichol) from the ranch Naranjito de Copal, Nayarit. Hilaria learned her trade from her late husband Jose Benitez Sanchez; the foremost master of yarn paintings. During his last years, Hilaria worked hand in hand with the master. Jose Benitez taught her the importance of color. He also taught her how to create depth by combining and contrasting colors to create motion. Her artwork reflects her teacher's classic style.

  • Maximino & Yolanda Renteria

    Maximino started his artistic career under the great Jose Benitez Sanchez. Eventually, after working under him for 4 years, Maximino decided to start doing his own work with his wife. Maximino got married in 1993 to Yolanda. The couple started to develop their own style, which is heavily influenced by the classic style of his teacher. The themes which are depicted in his yarn paintings all stem from conversations he had with his father, a marakame (shaman) of the community, regarding the Wixarika mythology.

  • Neikame

    Neikame is an exceptional artist from Guadalupe Ocotan, in the municipality of La Yesca, Nayarit. A teacher by trade, he did a stint in the Mexican Army and after almost losing his culture went back into the Sierra. After that, he studied with his grandfather who taught him the way of the elders. Today Neikame believes his art is a reflection of how the Huichol feel in the new world order. Thus, his surreal style is undoubtedly taking Huichol art in a whole new direction.

  • Justo Benitez

    Justo learned his trade from his father Jose Benitez Sanchez. The foremost master of the yarn painting and has a style that reflects his teacher's classic style although he has his own distinct color combinations and super crisp definition. This piece reminds us of the old days when the yarn paintings were not as stylized and were more about the vision rather than the symbols.

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  • Florencio Lopez

    Florencio Lopez the son of Don Jacinto Lopez Ramirez, one of the founding fathers of beaded art. Florencio's family, as one of the pioneering families of the art, has been doing the bead art for over 30 years.

  • Santos & Esther Bautista

    Santos Bautista is the son of Jose Bautista and grandson of Antonio Bautista, one of the pioneers of Huichol art in the 1960's. Because of his experience we have imported new Czech glass beads with metallic and iridescent colors for Santos to work with. The colors Santos uses are softer which allow him to create better detail. This separates his work from the rest of the artists. Unlike most commercial art, which is made up of symbols that at times can seem like quilting or patchwork patterns. Santos uses details and color combinations to create a sense of motion. He is also the winner of the 2009 FONART Competition as the best Bead Artist.

  • Mayola Villa Lopez

    Mayola Villa Lopez is the granddaughter of Jacinto Lopez Ramirez. He was an older Huichol shaman, considered to be the grandfather of the commercial bead art.

  • Morelia Lopez

    The artist Morelia Lopez is the Grandaughter of Jacinto Lopez an elder shaman who was considered to be the grandfather of the bead art. Her father Florencio is an accomplished artist who has served as municipal delegate as well as governor of San Andres Cohamiata.

  • Honorio Villa Lopez

    Honorio Lopez is the grandson of Jacinto Lopez Ramirez, an older Huichol shaman considered to be the grandfather of the commercial bead art. Honorio lives in Agua Zarca, the family's ranch about 2 hours from San Andres Cohamiata, the ancient Ceremonial Center deep in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Western Mexico.

  • Isandro Villa Lopez

     Isandro Villa Lopez is a young father who lives in Agua Zarca, a small ranch just outside of San Andres Cohamiata. Isandro's grandfather Jacinto Lopez was considered to be the grandfather of bead art.

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Beading Demonstration

  • Familia Castillo

    The Castillo family became particularly noted for their diverse themes. Their Art has many examples of Mexican culture such as the food like mole, or more religious themes and festivals such as Day of the Dead. Their studio became popular for their use of polychromatic pottery.

  • Demetrio Aguilar

    Demetrio was born in the village of Ocotlán, Oaxaca. He grew up in a family of clay artists. By drawing on the traditions of his grandmother and his mother, Demetrio creates truly magical pieces. He learned to gather and prepare the raw materials in the same fashion as his ancestors. He uses these techniques to model engaging folkart figures for which his family has earned worldwide acclaim.

  • Aidée

    Aidee is a Oaxacan ceramicist. Her unique use of colors make her otherwise traiditional pottery into a unique piece of contemporary art.

  • Javier Servin

    The success achieved by Javier Servin Cerámica is undoubtedly due to originality and the constant search for innovation, always taking care of the quality in each of its pieces, handmade by specialized artisans. The piece goes to the oven, in which it will remain for a period of 8 hours at a temperature of 1280 ° C which makes his pieces microwave and oven safe.

  • Annette Checuan

    Annette is a former student of Javier Servin. Her ceramics are all made at a high temperature.

  • Mara

    The piece is an original design by Mara. One of a kind, hand made by expert craftsmen, in her home workshop. Mara is an award winning Mexican Artist, a student of Alfredo Zalce, who was Diego Rivera´s understudy. She has participated in many national and international exhibitions. All of her work is cooked at 1300 C and does not use any lead paints.

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  • Constantino Laura

    The tradition of the Andean loom is closely linked to a great spirituality, which represents aptitude and technique. An attitude towards life and, above all, personal growth exercises. Weaving Master Constantino Laura began next to his father, absorbing every detail and every intention as if they were seeds that he would take care of and grow in time.

  • Pedro Montaño

    The International community has recognized Pedro Montaño for his perfectionist skills. Sheep wool and natural fibers are the materials that he uses for his rugs. Motaño uses ancient techniques, mainly in the dyeing of wool with natural dyes, such as plants, roots, mosses, barks and husks of fruits and trees and mainly indigo paste and the cochineal grana. These same techniques have been used in the making of rugs since prehispanic times.

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