Truly special! This is fourth generation Aguilar Family work! The artist is Fran Garcia Vasquez. the transgender daughter of Demetrio Garcia Aguilar. Demetrio is the son of Josefina Aguilar. It is really exciting to see how these traditions are passed down within the family, and we love being a part of it even in just a small way. Fran has won awards for her work, including being an award recipient from the Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art juried award show, which recognizes and promotes the work of artists under the age of thirty. Fran has been invited to present her work internationally recently, both in Milan, Italy and in New York City. We love the level of careful detail in Fran's work. Beautifully crafted and magnificently painted, Fran's work is currently crafting some of the best work coming out from the Aguilar Family.
Fran has crafted an incredible day of the dead catrina in this larger size clay figure The catrina has become a primary figure in the Day of the Dead tradition in Mexico. The Catrina, also known as the Calavera Catrina, was created in 1910 by the now famous Mexican printmaker and cartoonist Jose Guadalupe Posada. It is a satyric reference to the high society women in mexico City at the time, who were adopting a more extravagant European style that was often used to cover their more indigenous ancestry. They dressed in more of a French style, while also wearing thick makeup in an attempt to make their skin look lighter in color. It was also a political commentary against the dictatorial rule of Porfirio Diaz, who was seen by some to encourage corruption, materialism and the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few. The catrina was created in the time that lead up to the Mexican Revolution. For some the catrina has served as a reminder that no matter what riches and finery one might have in life, we all end up equal in death. In this piece, Fran has put a fun twist on the subject by including smaller figures at the base that represent the famous Mexican painters, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Diego Rivera actually took inspiration for one of his most famous murals from Posada's original catrina work, which was displayed as only the head of the skeleton dressed in a fine hat, but took a further step to gave the catrina a body and outfit to match. This sculpted clay piece is Mexican Folk Art at it's finest! Fran has done a great job sculpting this figure with the utmost detail. It is signed by the artist.
Approximate measurements: 8 1/8" high x 4" wide x 3 1/2" deep