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16th Annual
November 10-12, 2017

Maestros from Other Years: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009,2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

Feria Exposición Maestros del Arte AC Inc. is non-profit in both Mexico and the US. Held yearly at Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico, this art show promotes the rapidly disappearing folk and indigenous art (artensania) of Mexico. Artists are invited from all corners of Mexico based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of their work,
  • Has their art been passed down generation to generation,
  • Does the artist use "natural" pigments/materials as was done in the past, or
  • Are they an "undiscovered" artist who is worthy of recognition for his/her work.
  • All art must be made totally handmade by the artist.

You can help these artists and the Feria with your contribution. Please see our Patron page.
Help us keep Mexico's legacy of folk and indigenous art alive.

Zeny (Zenen) Fuentes - (Oaxaca) alebrijes - carved wood creatures of the imagination.
Jesús Hernández Torres - (Oaxaca) alebrijes - carved wood creatures of the imagination.
Eleazar Morales - (Oaxaca) alebrijes - carved wood creatures of the imagination.
Mario Saulo Moreno Contreras & Saulo Moreno Hernández - (Mexico) alambroides (metal alebrijes)
Cooperativa de Artesanos Indígenas de Sonora (CAIS) - (Sonora) handwoven baskets made from the wood from a shrub considered sacred to them: prieto torote (Jatropha cuneata)
José Manuel Ruiz Salazar & Roberto Abraham Ruiz Salazar (Mexico) finely carved bone miniatures. "The Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art" in which Don Roberto Ruiz (father) is featured.
Arte Casbal & María Luisa Balbuena Palacios - (Puebla) handpainted polychrome ceramics - trees of life, Catrinas, etc.
Alfonso Castillo Hernández - (Puebla) Trees of Life, ceramic figures. Featured in the book "Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art".
Antsetik s'pas platones - (Chiapas) pottery 
Colectivo Cuanari (Luceros de la Mañana) - (Michoacán) ceramics  (also see clothing/textiles)
Pablo Contreras Ruiz - (Michoacán) traditional green glazed ceramics known as barro vidriado
Alvaro de la Cruz & Family - (Michoacán) Extraordinary handmade ceramic catrinas (skeleton figures dressed in finery)
Esteban de la Cruz Miranda & Rodrigo de la Cruz Cabrera - (Guerrero) Extraordinary handmade ceramics
Escuela Nacional de Cerámica - (Jalisco) National School of Ceramics
Miguel Fabian Pedro - (Oaxaca) barro negro (black clay)
Guadalupe García Ríos - (Michoacán) high-fired unique ceramics of the highest quality
Juana Gómez Ramírez - (Chiapas) intricate ceramic jaguars, pots, and other ceramic items. Featured in the book "Great Masters of Latin America."
Grupo Santa Lucia - (Chiapas) Figures and pots made from barro (clay).
Pedro Hernández Carlos - (Michoacán) The famous pineapple (piña) pottery taken to a new level by this creative artist.
Manuel Jerónimo Reyes - (Michocán) famous black ceramics from Santa Fe de la Laguna. Featured in the book "Great Masters of Latin American Folk Art."
María del Rosario & Agustin Jimon Barba - (Jalisco) barro bandera (colors of Mexican flag - green, red and white) miniatures
Silvia Martínez Díaz - (Oaxaca) pre-Hispanic molded clay pottery often with asas (handles)
Lucy Mora Sandoval - (Chihuahua) famous thin-walled Mata Ortiz pottery
Angel Ortiz Gabriel & Angel Ortiz Arana - (Jalisco) barro bruñido (burnished pottery).
Nicasio Pajarito González- (Jalisco) the famous barro canelo (cinnamon) pottery of Tonalá. Featured in the book "Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art."
Antonio Eurípides Pedro Gonzáles - (Oaxaca) black clay figures.
Juan José Ramos Medrano - (Jalisco) barro betus (a birch resin applied to add shine and brillance to the piece) ceramics
Tiburcio Soteno - (Mexico) Arbóles de la Vida - Trees of Life
Cesar Torres Ramírez - (Puebla) talavera pottery. Featured in the book "Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art."
Cecilia Bautista - (Michoacán) Award-winning Purépecha black with light-blue stripes (and often feathers and/or beads in the fringe) rebozos
Enriqueta Cenobio Calixto - (Mexico) Mazahua textiles and miniature embroidery
Colectivo Cuanari (Luceros de la Mañana) - (Michoacán) hand-woven textiles (also see ceramics)
Xaxanacuchi Cooperativa/Elvira Garcia Santiago, Huehuetla, Puebla - huipiles, textiles de bordados/embroidery Colectivo de Mujeres Totonacas Flor de Maiz Comuto Xaxanacuchi - (Puebla) embroidery
Cooperativa Flor de Dalia - deshilado (taking out threads), San Felipe de los Herreros, Michoacán Cooperativa Flor de Dalia - (Michoacán) deshilado (taking out threads)
Andrea Díaz Hernández - (Chiapas) hand-woven textiles and brocading
Dreamweavers - (Oaxaca) weavers of textiles
Adolfo García Días (Fito)- (México) Hand-woven rebozos (shawls)
Rosaura González Sebastián - (Michoacán) rebozos (shawls), napkins, etc. made on a backstrap loom
Juana Hernández & Modesta Martínez Martínez- (Oaxaca) cross-stitch on unbleached muslin
Kip Tik - (Chiapas) textiles
Teresa López Jimenez - (Oaxaca) fabulous hand-embroidered colorful designs embellish huipiles & other fabric items. Featured in the book "Great Masters of Latin America".
Moisés Martínez Velasco - (Oaxaca) hand-woven silk rebozos (shawls)
María Luisa Mendoza Vázquez - (Chiapas) textiles
Laura & Olidon Merino - (Oaxaca) hand-woven huipiles (traditional Mexican dress)
Teófila Palafox Harranz - (Oaxaca) master weaver
Presa de Barajas - (Jalisco) tatting (knotted lace) rebozos, scarves, earrings, etc.
Backstrap weaving from San Mateo del Mar, Oaxaca San Mateo del Mar Cooperativa - (Oaxaca) intricate weaving
Teófila Servin - (Michoacán) hand-embroidered clothing, scenes on manta cloth and much more.
Sna Jolobil Cooperativa - (Chiapas) Mayan textiles
Pascuala Vázquez Hernández - (Chiapas) the famous textile work of Chiapas
Original Friends - Women's Prison Project - (Jalisco) cloth dolls elaborately decorated by women imprisoned in Mexico. Read all about their newest program in Puerto Vallarta.
Magaly Felicitas Cahum Wicab- (Campeche) - petate weaving
Isabel Mendoza- (Jalisco) - popotillo (straw) art
Moisés & Marco Sosa - (Oaxaca) figures from totomoxtle (cornhusks)
Artesanias en Vidrio - (Mexico) hand-blown Christmas ornaments and other decorative glass objects
Magdiel Garcia Hernandez - (Mexico) hand-etched glass. Featured in the book "Great Masters of Latin American Folk Art"
Juan Vázquez Menor - (Guerrero) hand-painted bules/guajes (gourds)
Kena Bautista & Francisco Bautista Carrillo - (Jalisco) Huichol beadwork, string paintings, etc.
Centro Indigena Huichol - (Jalisco) incredible jewelry made from the tiniest seed beads available, other bead and string work pressed into beeswax
Monterrat Dávalos/Cotantik - (Jalisco) finely crafted silver jewelry designs from the cactus plant
Cesar Montes & Edith Albarron (Kutzi) - (Michoácan) finely crafted silver jewelry using many of the age-old Purepecha designs
Arturo Salgado Vázquez - (Oaxaca) filigree jewelry
Flora María Sánchez - (Jalisco) Silver jewelry
Martina Navarro de Saint Phalle - (Michoacán) Wood and guaje (a kind of hollowed, broad-based gourd) using the technique called macque (natural earth pigments) to decorate the pieces.
Paola Rosendo - (Guerrero) beautiful lacquerware
Kin García Martínez - (Chiapas) Lacandon art
Angél Vásquez Cruz - (Chiapas) hand-crafted leather work
Gorgonio Candelario Castro - (Colima) traditional handcarved wood masks. His father was featured in the book "Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art"
Josefina López Cruz & Antonia Rodríguez Sánchez - (Chiapas) leather masks
Guadalupe Hermosillo Escobar - (Chiapas) the famous forged iron house crosses of San Cristóbal de las Casas
Rocio Edith Pindter Ortiz - (Guanajuato) tin nichos, decorated wood chairs
José Sergio Velázquez García, Santa Clara del Cobre, Michoacán - hand-hammered copper José Sergio Velázquez García - (Michoacán) hand-hammered copper
Concha and Feliciano Meza - (Chiapas) borlas (pompons)
José Manuel Robles - (Jalisco) painter who expresses Mexican rural life in his own unique style.
Lake Chapala Society's (LCS) Children's Art Program - (Jalisco) paintings created by the children of Lake Chapala.
Centro de Integración Tapalpa, A.C. - (Jalisco) this school is dedicated to nurturing the artistic, creative and academic potential of special-needs children - papier mâché using recycled garbage
Oscar Daniel Chávez Hernández - (Michoacán) paper mache
Pedro Ortega Lozano - (Mexico) traditional papel picado as well as cut paper work done in foil
Projecto Tarahumara - (Chihuahua) various artwork made by the indigenous Tarahumara people of Chihuahua
Francisco Martínez Ruiz & Isaac Armando Martínez Laso - (Oaxaca) textiles
Jacobo Mendoza - (Oaxaca) hand-woven rugs
Agua y Monte S.C. de R.L. de C.V. - (Veracruz) handcarved wood
Mario Casimiro Téllez - (Michoacán) handcarved wood furniture
Jorge Alberto González Moreno - (Chiapas) woodcarver
Noe Tenorio Gómez - (Chiapas) handcarved whimsical wood utensils, kitchen items & decorative pieces