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  1. Demetrio Garcia Aguilar Large Clay Mourner With Candle Angels Altar
    $295.00
    Demetrio Garcia Aguilar is the son of Josefina Aguilar, and this is amazing third generation Aguilar Family work! 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. Demetrio is one powerhouse of an artist! He is a true artist in that his work is thoughtful, unique and constantly pushing the bounds of what we normally see in his medium. Demetrio uses traditional themes, but always adds his own spice and twist to each theme. Familiar subjects take on whole new meanings in his creations. And there is always an intense attention to detail, provoking both visual and intellectual responses. I love this gorgeous piece!! It is one of my very favorites!! The depiction is consistent with the religious and indigenous traditions that surround you in Oaxaca. The female mourner is holding a candle, just like those lit inside the churches on a daily basis in memory of a loved one, or in prayer for the health and happiness of another. She has a traditional rebozo shawl over her head, a paractice that has become a central indigenous symbol of practical feminine dress. The rebozo can be used more modernly as a shawl, but it is traditionally worn by indigenous women in the marketplace to carry their babies, on the head as a base to balance a basket of products on their head, or as a head covering for religious celebrations such as in this depiction. At the base of this large figure, Demetrio has placed a smaller version of the mourner, kneeling at an altar with the Virgen de Guadalupe. The mourner is surrounded by angles, who carry her prayers to heaven. The pink roses that surround the mourner are a particularly beautiful addition, and the facial expression evokes emotion. I just love this piece! Learn More
  2. Fran Garcia Vasquez Clay Day Of The Dead Mourner Holding Candle Surrounded By Skulls
    $65.00
    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 some of the best coming from the Aguilar Family. This Day of the Dead figurine features a traditional woman mourner, which is quite a creative twist on the Day of the Dead tradition that has been packed with unique detail. The mourner is holding a skull in her hands, along with a candle. She is wrapped in a traditional rebozo scarf, and has surrounded herself with marigolds. Marigolds are the traditional flowers that are used to decorate the altars that honor people's ancestors and other loved ones who have passed away. Mexican Folk Art at it's finest! Fran has done a great job sculpting this figure with the utmost detail. So cool, yet true to the traditions of Oaxaca! Learn More
  3. Fran Garcia Vasquez Clay Day Of The Dead Tuxtepec Traditional Pineapple Dancer
    $60.00
    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 some of the best coming from the Aguilar Family. This Day of the Dead Tehuana from the Tuxtepec Region of Oaxaca balancing a pineapple on her shoulder is a unique representation of the famous women who dance the Danza de la Pina, which translates to the Dance of the Pineapple. And I love the gorgeous long red traditional dress that this figure is clothed in. Mexican Folk Art at it's finest! Fran has done a great job sculpting this figure with the utmost detail. Gorgeous! Learn More
  4. Fran Garcia Vasquez Clay Figurine Tehuana Woman Tree of Life Iguana Lizards
    $120.00
    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 some of the best coming from the Aguilar Family. Tree of Life representations in clay originated in the neighboring Mexican State of Puebla, in the village of Izucar de Matamoros, but also became the symbolic craft of the town of Metepec located in the State of Mexico. While there are many modern interpretations, such as the one used in this fantastic sculpture made by Fran, Tree of Life purists only refer to them as true representations if they include the Garden of eden, as they were originally used in the Spanish colonial period to teach biblical stories to the indigenous population after actively destroying symbols that included the Gods that the native population previously worshiped. The image of the proud Tehuana Woman, whose dress style was favored by Frida Kahlo, is native to Oaxaca itself though. The Tehuana women come from the city of Tehuantepec in the Istmo Region of Oaxaca, Mexico. Tehuantepec is considered to be the center of Zapotec Culture in the Isthmus Region. The women there are famous for being the primary group allowed to be vendors in the markets of the city, and are fiercely independent. Up until the 1970's, then men were actually prohibited from being vendors in the markets. Even today they make up the majority of vendors and will often challenge male vendors for intruding upon their territory, even questioning their manhood for daring to intrude upon their territory. As a result the women control most household finances, and are able to spend money as they please, which is something usually controlled by the men in much of Mexico. But the Tehuana women are also famous for their beautiful and intricate traditional dress, that has become symbolic for Oaxaca.In this sculpture, Fran has combined the best of both worlds to show the tree of life radiating out from the Oaxacan Tehuana Woman, and has included images of the iguana who often symbolize the teaching of how to live in harmony with the world. 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. Learn More
  5. Fran Garcia Vasquez Clay Figurine Tehuana Woman Tree of Life Monkeys
    $120.00
    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 some of the best coming from the Aguilar Family. Tree of Life representations in clay originated in the neighboring Mexican State of Puebla, in the village of Izucar de Matamoros, but also became the symbolic craft of the town of Metepec located in the State of Mexico. While there are many modern interpretations, such as the one used in this fantastic sculpture made by Fran, Tree of Life purists only refer to them as true representations if they include the Garden of eden, as they were originally used in the Spanish colonial period to teach biblical stories to the indigenous population after actively destroying symbols that included the Gods that the native population previously worshiped. The image of the proud Tehuana Woman, whose dress style was favored by Frida Kahlo, is native to Oaxaca itself though. The Tehuana women come from the city of Tehuantepec in the Istmo Region of Oaxaca, Mexico. Tehuantepec is considered to be the center of Zapotec Culture in the Isthmus Region. The women there are famous for being the primary group allowed to be vendors in the markets of the city, and are fiercely independent. Up until the 1970's, then men were actually prohibited from being vendors in the markets. Even today they make up the majority of vendors and will often challenge male vendors for intruding upon their territory, even questioning their manhood for daring to intrude upon their territory. As a result the women control most household finances, and are able to spend money as they please, which is something usually controlled by the men in much of Mexico. But the Tehuana women are also famous for their beautiful and intricate traditional dress, that has become symbolic for Oaxaca.In this sculpture, Fran has combined the best of both worlds to show the tree of life radiating out from the Oaxacan Tehuana Woman, and has included images of the monkey who some say symbolize good luck in that it brings out the more joyful inner child in oneself, with a more playful outlook on life. 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. 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. Learn More
  6. Fran Garcia Vasquez Large Clay Figurine Day of the Dead Catrina With Frida Kahlo And Diego Rivera
    $160.00
    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 some of the best coming 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. Learn More
  7. Fran Garcia Vasquez Large Clay Figurine Yo Soy Oaxaca Or I Am Oaxaca Tribute To The Beautiful Traditions Of Oaxaca
    $140.00
    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 some of the best coming from the Aguilar Family. Fran has titled this gorgeous larger sized artwork piece as "Yo Soy Oaxaca" or I Am Oaxaca. It represents some of the gorgeous symbols of proud traditions that can be found throughout Oaxaca. The principle figure is a topless woman, that pays respect to the proud traditional women weavers in Pinotepa de Don Luis. Traditionally dressed topless, these women weave beautiful purple horizontal striped wrap skirts, that are used for the traditional dress in the region. You can see this skirt on the back of the figure, as it is the skirt that the woman is wearing. At the base of the figure there is a males dancer, which represent the traditional dance called "Danza de la Pluma" or Dance of the Feathers. This is my favorite of the traditional dances in Oaxaca. It is traditionally danced by men wearing large feathered headdresses, while leaping high in the air as part of the spectacular dance. Amazing to watch! You can see this dance performed at the Guelaguetza, where dancers from the many regions of Oaxaca come together to show their important dance traditions that are significant to the culture. A must see! The woman is also surrounded at her base by the maguey cactus, which is the basis for crafted the famous Mezcal liquor in Oaxaca. Mezcal can be found at all the traditional celebrations in the villages of Oaxaca, and is known as a cure all remedy. There is a phrase that can be heard tthroughout Oaxaca “Para todo mal, mezcal, y para todo bien, tambien.” which roughly translates to For everything good there is mezcal, and for everything bad as well! It is the go to medicine to cure the common cold. Now mezcal has become quite fashionable on the international market, yet it has very humble and deep roots throughout Oaxaca. Also seen throughout this work of art is pottery in several different representations, including the famed Black Pottery of the village of San Bartolo Coyotepec. But the pottery in Oaxaca originated traditionally as utilitarian in nature, often used as a cooking vessel. To this day you can see huge clay cazuela bowls as the cooking "pot" used in kitchens throughout Oaxaca. This piece is Mexican Folk Art at it's finest! Fran has done a great job sculpting this figure with the utmost detail. So cool, yet true to the traditions of Oaxaca! It is signed by the artist. Learn More
  8. Fran Garcia Vasquez Tehuana Woman Pink Braids And Candle
    $60.00
    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 current work is some of the best that is being created the Aguilar Family. This clay figure depicts the culturally important image of the proud Tehuana Woman, whose dress style was favored by Frida Kahlo. The Tehuana women come from the city of Tehuantepec in the Istmo Region of Oaxaca, Mexico. Tehuantepec is considered to be the center of Zapotec Culture in the Isthmus Region. The women there are famous for being the primary group allowed to be vendors in the markets of the city, and are fiercely independent. Up until the 1970's, then men were actually prohibited from being vendors in the markets. Even today they make up the majority of vendors and will often challenge male vendors for intruding upon their territory, even questioning their manhood for daring to intrude upon their territory. As a result the women control most household finances, and are able to spend money as they please, which is something usually controlled by the men in much of Mexico. But the Tehuana women are also famous for their beautiful and intricate traditional dress, that has become symbolic for Oaxaca. These figures represent both the beauty of the traditional dress and chunky gold jewelry, and the women's role in the important local markets. Learn More
  9. Fran Garcia Vasquez Tehuana Woman Purple Braids And Candle
    $60.00
    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 current work is some of the best that is being created the Aguilar Family. This clay figure depicts the culturally important image of the proud Tehuana Woman, whose dress style was favored by Frida Kahlo. The Tehuana women come from the city of Tehuantepec in the Istmo Region of Oaxaca, Mexico. Tehuantepec is considered to be the center of Zapotec Culture in the Isthmus Region. The women there are famous for being the primary group allowed to be vendors in the markets of the city, and are fiercely independent. Up until the 1970's, then men were actually prohibited from being vendors in the markets. Even today they make up the majority of vendors and will often challenge male vendors for intruding upon their territory, even questioning their manhood for daring to intrude upon their territory. As a result the women control most household finances, and are able to spend money as they please, which is something usually controlled by the men in much of Mexico. But the Tehuana women are also famous for their beautiful and intricate traditional dress, that has become symbolic for Oaxaca. These figures represent both the beauty of the traditional dress and chunky gold jewelry, and the women's role in the important local markets. Learn More
  10. Fran Garcia Vasquez Tehuana Woman Purple Traditional Dress Holding Fish
    $60.00
    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 current work is some of the best that is being created by the Aguilar Family. This clay figure depicts the culturally important image of the proud Tehuana Woman, whose dress style was favored by Frida Kahlo. The Tehuana women come from the city of Tehuantepec in the Istmo Region of Oaxaca, Mexico. Tehuantepec is considered to be the center of Zapotec Culture in the Isthmus Region. The women there are famous for being the primary group allowed to be vendors in the markets of the city, and are fiercely independent. Up until the 1970's, then men were actually prohibited from being vendors in the markets. Even today they make up the majority of vendors and will often challenge male vendors for intruding upon their territory, even questioning their manhood for daring to intrude upon their territory. As a result the women control most household finances, and are able to spend money as they please, which is something usually controlled by the men in much of Mexico. But the Tehuana women are also famous for their beautiful and intricate traditional dress, that has become symbolic for Oaxaca. These figures represent both the beauty of the traditional dress, and the women's role in the important local markets. Learn More

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