The work of the Pedro Martinez Family of San Bartolo Coyotepec is beyond compare! Carlomagno Pedro Martínez is a world renowned artist in barro negro (black clay) sculptures made of earthenware clay, He is arguably the most famous of his family, and has achieved worldwide recognition both for the quality of his work, and the legends that are incorporated into his work. These sculptures are burnished by hand and then fired in smoke-filled pits or kilns to leave a deep black surface. Director of the Museo Estatal de ArtePopular de Oaxaca (Museum of Popular Art of Oaxaca), just outside of Oaxaca City, Carlomagno has been recognized as a master sculptor since his early childhood. His unique style has earned him a place in the book Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art, published by Fomento Cultural Banamex, in 2001 and Mexico’s Premio Nacional de la Juventud in the late 1980s, the highest national award given a young artist for his work. The clay is sourced very near the village on the side of a mountain and between two rivers. it is hand processed, and then used by the villagers to create their famous black pottery work. Carlomagno's sculptures focus on the day of the dead, and legends of the Zapotec culture that were taught to him by his grandfather when he was a young boy. He is an ardent advocate for the traditions of the Zapotec people, and works with the young folk artists in Oaxaca to keep them practicing their traditions. We are proud and honored to be able to carry his work here online. We have had the pleasure of listening to Carlomagno relay the legends of his culture, and are fascinated by all of the stories. He is a true talent, and an even more incredible and honorable man. This particular piece is titled Cinco Abuelitas Con Perro Feliz, which translates to Five Grandmothers With A Happy Dog. Five grandmothers sit on a bench, with a dog at play at their feet. This is a Day of the Dead piece, but also a political statement piece as well. For Carlomagno, the grandmothers are the representation of death, but the political satyr part comes to play int he dog and the bones. When Carlomagno creates work, the dog often represents his beloved Mexico. In this piece the dog is chasing a bone, with the bone representing his country's relationship to the United States. In this piece the dog is thought of as very happy, as it was able to collect three bones, thus having attracted the attention and favor of the US. That portrayal with the representation of death sitting on a bench gossiping the day away, is particularly interesting to us.
Approximate Measurements: 4" high x 10 1/2" long x 5" deep (depending on placement)