Arte Realizzata: An Artistic Conversation with Frank Rose
"When we are open to hearing other people's stories, to looking and listening with an open heart, we begin to recognize ourselves in them. Underneath all the rationale and justifications and identities, I believe we all want the same things. Open-hearted witnessing of art can help us connect to that core humanity we all share."
Baltan: Meet The Artist: Mirel Fraga
"When I am going to make a particular image I think about it a lot, I try to imagine what it could be that it does and I get a lot of inspiration from books of old botanical illustration, my main theme is nature, I like it too much together with the cosmic question, the universe and our relationship as human beings with everything."
Introducing Hecho a Mano Editions with Daniel McCoy
Introducing Hecho a Mano's newest venture, Hecho a Mano Editions! We publish editioned works by New Mexican and Mexican artists. We work collaboratively with artists and renowned print shops such as Black Rock Editions in Santa Fe to create handmade works on paper. For our first edition, we are working with Santa Fe-based artist, Daniel McCoy (Muscogee Creek / Citizen Band Potawatomi)!
Native Max: Mikayla Patton
For Patton, the materials, textures, tears, and uneven edges of the paper and body many healing actions. “On the surface, I have taken aspects of Lakota geometric symbolism to thread together personal and traditional forms,” she explains. “The paper is burned into, cut out, and embossed, and only a few possess color, but all reflect honest cultural importance.”
Santa Fe Reporter: Telles About It
Telles returns to Santa Fe for Convergence: Of Time and Place, a new solo show at the Canyon Road space based both in his collaborative efforts as an artist, his ingrained memories and a contemporary take on the role of the santero.
Albuquerque Journal: Hollis Chitto
I do abstract flowers because I can’t draw.
Santa Fe Reporter: SFR Digital-ish Picks
"I was planning on having quite a few pieces done, but then my residency [at the School for Advanced Research] started and I ended up putting a lot of things on the back burner," Mikayla Patton (Oglala Lakota) tells SFR, as if the works in her upcoming Hecho a Mano show aren't enough on their own—or aren't incredible.
Best of Santa Fe: Best Gallery: 3rd Place
A relative newcomer to the gallery scene, Frank Rose's small but powerful Canyon Road business is one of the best places to see contemporary Indigenous arts.
My Mother's Catfish Stew
"No matter where you go, your home and your little family will go with you. And, No matter the future struggles you face, what you gained under our roof will carry you forward."
Pasatiempo: Terran Last Gun's serigraph prints
Last Gun’s art looks ultra-modern, the kind of pieces that would splash any room with clean-lined cheer. But whether or not people pick up on the stories he’s telling, his focus is on the perpetuation of ancient imagery in a contemporary way.
In the Studio With Anna Johnson
Last year we paid a visit to Anna Johnson's North Carolina studio. Here's a little video and photos from the day!
A Creative Excuse #33: Jamison Chās Banks
Jamison Chās Banks is a multi-disciplinary artist who creates films, paintings, performances, and installations. His works often explore the history of war and territorial expansion, both literal and psychological. Banks appropriates and alters symbols employed in propaganda and popular culture and redeploys them in contexts that subvert their original meanings. He usually begins with an area of investigation that spawns a series of interrelated artworks in different media.
A Creative Excuse #32: Adam Tendler
Adam Tendler is a New York based pianist and author, and a 2019 recipient of the Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists.
Albuquerque Journal North: Chaco Canyon inspires ‘Songs for My Muse’
“Using traditional materials and traditional Pueblo pottery techniques, I feel that it is important to keep alive the ceramic traditions that have been passed down to me since time immemorial,” Garcia said. “I feel that these materials and techniques connect me to my ancestral past and landscape. Printmaking media is just another way of creating and teaching these stories and traditions to a wider audience.”
A Creative Excuse #31: Jason Garcia Returns
Jason Garcia returns to talk COVID and his latest exhibition, Songs for My Muse.
A Creative Excuse #30: Daedelus
Under the alias Daedelus, Alfred Darlington has been an instigator of electronic music culture for the past 20 years.
Artist Video: Alison Jean Cole
"There's alot of heartbreak in lapidary work."
Mixografia | A Brief History | Art Without Boundaries
In 1973, the Rembas invited Rufino Tamayo to create a series of prints at Taller de Gráfica Mexicana (the precursor to Mixografia®) in Mexico City.  This collaboration was what led to the invention of the Mixografia® printing technique. Mixografia went on to publish over 80 editions with Tamayo.
A Creative Excuse #29: Diego Mier y Terán
Diego is a co-founder and Director of Innovando la Tradición, a creative platform where artisans, designers and artists share skills, knowledge and stories to rethink and honor the ceramic traditions of Oaxaca.
A Creative Excuse #28: Bianka Groves
Bianka Groves is a potter in Santa Fe & her work is represented all across the United States. When she’s not making pots out of her home studio in Santa Fe, you can find her teaching ceramic classes or out hiking in the desert with her dogs.
José Guadalupe Posada and the Myth of the Revolutionary
If anything, Posada’s works repudiate rebellion of any kind.
A Creative Excuse #27: Kara Duval
Kara Duval along with being a performance artist and holding a BFA in Photography and Digital Media, has been a practicing massage therapist for over a decade. She and the host of this podcast also happen to be married.
A Creative Excuse #26: Anna Johnson
Anna Johnson is a studio artist, craftswomen and educator residing in Asheville, NC. Her work revolves around the question of where and why our culture perceives value by creating jewelry with raw elements from directly from the natural world.
First American Art: Creating During a Planetary Pandemic | Hollis Chitto
Chitto’s beadwork ... is catching the attention of collectors, galleries, museums, and publications like Vogue magazine. Visually satisfying and dazzling all at the same time, the work is infused with sophisticated designs and color palettes. Each piece exhibits impressive precision.
Native American Art: Pop Forms
Jason Garcia does what great artists have been doing since the beginning of time: he carefully examines and interprets life around him and then shares those uniquely personal observations with the rest of the world.
A Creative Excuse #25: Lindsay Locatelli
Lindsay is a jewelry artist based in Longmont, CO. Her jewelry is wearable art; inviting the viewer to interact as the user and observer.
A Creative Excuse #24: Andrea Hanley
Andrea Hanley is the chief curator at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. In her 25-plus year career in the arts, she has worked as a curator, gallerist, writer, fundraiser, lecturer, and volunteer.
Pasatiempo: Kat Kinnick at Hecho a Mano
A reverence for nature permeates the work of artist Kat Kinnick, whose depictions of New Mexico wildlife are rendered with an expressive, playful aesthetic. Kinnick’s works combine reductive landscape elements and detailed realism.
A Creative Excuse #23: Kat Kinnick
Kat Kinnick is a multi-disciplinary artist based near Lone Butte & the Cerrillos Mountains, south of Santa Fe. Her work is a celebration of the unique ecology in New Mexico, and it’s abundant diversity.
Artist Video: Kat Kinnick
Depicting wildlife and wilderness of the high desert of New Mexico, Kat Kinnick works to create a culture of fondness & connectedness to our natural world. The artist says, “creating culture through art is like creating a value system. My work represents my heart and my values. I feel that if we paid better attention to our wild plants and animals, and were more connected to them, then we’d live in a healthier world.”
SF Reporter: Prints and Poppers
"I made these [works] out of a love for the wildlife of New Mexico and their exquisite beauty. I feel at home here in New Mexico," Kinnick tells SFR. "A big part of that comes from my love for plants, landscape and wildlife."
Artist Video: Anna Johnson
A look into the work of Anna Johnson, a nationally acclaimed studio jeweller based in Asheville North Carolina. Since graduating from the Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design BFA at Appalachian State University in Boone she has gone on to be featured in a variety of contemporary crafts journals and publications.
Quixe: Alfonso Barrera & Polvoh Press
The work of Polvoh Press is noble since, by resorting to traditional printing and binding methods, it leads to each book telling not only a story through graphics, but of elaboration itself. Alfonso Barrera and Mirel Fraga are young people who travel to the production methods of the past to communicate their ideas and aesthetic bets.
Artist Video: Lindsay Locatelli
Lindsay Locatelli creates jewelry pieces that resonate with her as an artist, often flying in the face of the mainstream jewelry market. Using polymer clay as her medium, Locatelli’s jewelry is bold, colorful and eye-catching.
Pasastiempo: Taking a bow: Gallery owner Frank Rose
"For the majority of his career, he’d been working for other people, and he felt he couldn’t really show the work he wanted to show, or maintain creative control, unless he had a space of his own."
Forbes Magazine: A Weekend In Santa Fe
Two newer galleries – Hecho a Mano and Cielo Handcrafted – have beautifully curated collections from emerging local artists."
ARTFORUM: Carlos Mérida
"Matte colors—forest green, banana yellow, tan, cobalt blue—swirl beneath thick black lines, accentuating forms that slip in and out of coherent representation: almost-fetal twins, snakes, rivers, legs, a lightning bolt, faces in profile, pipes, and birds."
SF Reporter: Revisiting the Popol-Vuh
"In certain ways, [Mérida's version] is more accurate," Hecho a Mano owner Frank Rose tells SFR. "They're living stories. So putting it into a visual form puts it back into seeing this abstract realization of these characters, these beings."
A Creative Excuse #22: Todd Ryan White
Todd Ryan White is an artist based in Santa Fe, NM. He has done very important things like been a college professor and worked at a pizza restaurant. But really his passion is making Art - Serious Art.
Idilica Magazine: Polvoh Press
Polvoh Press is a publishing project that brings together multiple graphic printed publications in various techniques, ranging from digital printing and offset to the more elaborate, such as screen printing, lithography, Risograph and movable type. All are limited editions and made in Oaxaca. Polvoh consists of Mirel Fraga (designer and illustrator) and Alfonso Barrera (visual artist). As two people are eager for knowledge and gather images begin naturally just for the sake of collecting books and in 2012 formally began this project give as a platform to spread their artistic work.
A Creative Excuse #21: Chris Casey
Chris Casey is a ceramic artist based in Albuquerque, NM. His work has been shown widely across the US and his Instagram page (219k followers!) is a rich resource of ceramics process videos.
A Creative Excuse #20: Heather Bradley
Heather Bradley is a ceramic artist living in Santa Fe, NM.
SF Reporter: You Can Buy Art
Hecho a Mano owner Frank Rose has just opened Grabados Oaxaqueños, a collection of prints from printmakers based in in Oaxaca, Mexico. The show is indicative of Rose's overall style, namely, he mainly shows hand-done prints (hence the gallery name) and often works with Mexico-based printmakers, but it also proves another tenet by which he has run his business since it opened seven months ago: his entry level price points are affordable.
A Creative Excuse #19: Sydney Cooper
Sydney Cooper is an artist in Santa Fe, NM working in many media. Cooper has exhibited widely, including the Santa Monica Museum in California, the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Allied Cultural Prosthetics in New York City as well as various galleries and other venues.
Pasatiempo: Grabados Oaxaqueños
The Mexican state of Oaxaca has long been a center for art.
A Creative Excuse #18: Daniel McCoy
Daniel McCoy (Muscogee Creek/Citizen Band Potawatomi) is an artist in Santa Fe, NM working primarily in painting. His work has been shown widely across the US including at the New Mexico Museum of art, SITE Santa Fe, and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.
Albuquerque Journal North: Flowering Oaxacan art form comes to Santa Fe
Many Santa Fe collectors of folk art are familiar with Oaxaca, Mexico, because of its brightly colored wood carvings of animals, reptiles and fantastical creatures known as alebrijes, as well as for its black pottery and Zapotec rugs. But if Frank Rose gets his way, Oaxaca will gain more recognition in New Mexico for its printmaking.
A Creative Excuse #17: Bess Murphy
Bess Murphy is an Art Historian and Curator at the Coe Center in Santa Fe, NM. She has a M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Southern California and was the co-founder and curator of the A.D. Collective in Santa Fe, an artist-run alternative exhibition space and community.
SF Reporter: Pop Objects
Lechtenberg shows his jewelry at Canyon Road's Hecho a Mano Gallery this week alongside Will Rimel, a ceramicist, in Funko Roasto, a sendup of popular toys but a staggering duo show at the intersection of tongue-in-cheek and fine art.
A Creative Excuse #16: Leia Zumbro
Leia Zumbro is a jewelry artist living in St. Louis, MO. In addition to showing at Hecho a Mano, her handcrafted jewelry is available widely across the US.
A Creative Excuse #15: Leslie LePere
Leslie LePere is an artist from Harrington, WA. His work is on the covers of Tom Robbins books and in the collections of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Boston Art Museum, LA County Art Museum, and others.
Conde Nast Traveler: The Seven-Stop Shopping Guide to Santa Fe
As the name suggests, everything at the eight-month-old Hecho A Mano gallery is made by hand. A few examples? Delicate silver necklaces by Anna Johnson fashioned from rodent jaws, rainbow moonstones, titanium hematite, and cast wildflowers; large-scale hand-cut paper works by Apache and native Hawaiian artist Ian Kuali’i; curvy ombre vases from gifted ceramicist Heather Bradley; and hubcap-sized clay comals from Colectivo 1050º, a brand representing indigenous potters from Oaxaca.
New York Times: Francisco Toledo, Celebrated Mexican Artist and Arts Philanthropist, Dies at 79
He drew on his indigenous Zapotec heritage in his art and used his prestige to preserve the culture of his native Oaxaca.
A Creative Excuse #14: Kate Kendall
Kate Kendall is an artist living in Santa Fe.
A Creative Excuse #13: Karina Hean
Karina Hean is an artist and Visual Arts Chair at the New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe. She has served on the faculty of the University of Montana, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Fort Lewis College, and New Mexico State University and holds a BA from St. Johns College, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Drawing from Studio Art Centers International, and a MFA from New Mexico State University.
A Creative Excuse #12: Rebecca Mir Grady
Rebecca Mir Grady is a multi-disciplinary artist living in Santa Fe, NM. Born in Alaska and raised in Maine, her jewelry can be found at Hecho a Mano.
THE Magazine: Preview: Ian Kuali'i
"I wanted to figure out a way to develop my own visual language that spoke to my Native Hawaiian culture—and how personal that is, too, as a modern Hawaiian."
Pasatiempo: Talismans for the sacred mountain: Artist Ian Kuali'i
“What’s happening right now in Hawaii, our family and our nation are trying to protect our sacred mountain, Mauna Kea,” he said. “It’s part of our creation story,” he said. “It’s where Papa and Wakea, the heavens and the earth, converged and then created human existence, or life as we know it. But our religion aside, how can you justify building an 18-story structure on a culturally sensitive place in a conservation district?”
Meet Your Makers: Lindsay Locatelli
Lindsay Locatelli's works are created solely by hand by using a wide variety of materials and techniques, making each piece one-of-a-kind. Locatelli’s processes include the hand fabrication of silver components, sculpting and carving of materials (wood and polymer clay), surface finishing (painting, application of gold leaf), and the assembling and completion of the work.
New Mexico Magazine: Artist We Love: Native Beadworker Hollis Chitto
“In the beginning of my career, I was focused on making things beautiful. I wasn’t concerned with incorporating conceptual or abstract elements—until I created a piece for the Abbe Museum’s Twisted Path series, in Maine, which focuses on the theme of health and well-being in tribal communities.”
A Creative Excuse #11: Jason Garcia
Jason Garcia is an artist from Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico. His ceramic work can be found in the collections of the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.
Albuquerque Journal North: Ian Kuali'i: The Kindest Cut
Ian Kuali’i fell in love with the process of the cut. It started with stencil-making, when the Hawaiian artist with a graffiti background decided to pursue a professional career. But rather than using stencils for spray-painting, he became more interested in them as the actual art form.
Frank Rose at SFAI 140
"I’m not particularly interested in the debate over whether or not craft is art but I suggest that we look at the way we hierarchically categorize objects and seriously question where those values come from and what those values promote."
A Creative Excuse #10: Matt King
Matt King is the Senior Vice President of Creative at Meow Wolf.
SF Reporter: Best Canyon Road Spots
Recent shows from Santa Fe's Terran Last Gun (Amskapi Piikani) and Dallas' Ben Muñoz were stunning and accessible, and the cozy environs of the space make it feel more homey than stuffy.
A Creative Excuse #9: Ben Muñoz
Benjamin Muñoz is a Texas based painter and printmaker. His work is often reflective of his cultural heritage, upbringing, and current surroundings. His favorite dessert is strawberry cheesecake.
New Mexico Magazine: Things We Love: Chris Casey's Ceramics
From Albuquerque, Chris Casey creates both whimsical and precise designs in his ceramics, no two of which are the same.
Metalsmith Magazine: Anna Johnson: Honoring Nature Through Adornment
“My jewelry is in tribute to holistic life cycle, intra-nature relationships, and nature-human connectivity.”
A Creative Excuse #8: Paula Wilson, Mike Lagg, & Kara Duval
Paula Wilson & Mike Lagg are artists living in Carrizozo, NM where they founded MoMAZoZo, an art space and residency program. Kara Duval is a dancer and bodyworker in Santa Fe, NM.
A Creative Excuse #7: Tricia English
Tricia English is the Publisher of UNUM Magazine.
Meet Your Makers: Alison Jean Cole
The greatest joy of working with rocks and minerals is collecting the material - my "job" is to drive out as far as I can on dirt tracks to canyons and abandoned mines to look for treasure.
New Mexico Magazine: Vicente Telles: A Modern Santero
“I’m coming up on my third year in Traditional Spanish Market, and I buck the rules,” he says. “For two years, I’ve been told that I need to do this, do that. But how do you preserve something without moving it forward?”
SF Reporter: Terran Last Gun
As for the decision to use serigraphs (an ink-on-paper technique similar to silk screening, the most famous of which may be Warhol's portrait of Marilyn Monroe or his Campbell's Soup can), Last Gun says the he finds the medium enticing as a piece of labor-intensive fine art, as a way to make multiple original editions by hand, and as a great artistic leveler.
A Creative Excuse #6: Terran Last Gun
Terran Last Gun is an artist and Amskapi Piikani (Blackfeet) citizen of Montana working in Santa Fe, NM. He is a recipient of the Santa Fe Art Institute, 2018 Story Maps Fellowship, and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 2016 Goodman Aspiring Artist Fellowship.
Southwest Contemporary: Paula Wilson and Mike Lagg
Paula Wilson and Mike Lagg live in Carrizozo, New Mexico, a town of about nine hundred residents, located north of White Sands. Paula, who arrived there ten years ago by way of Chicago and New York, and Mike, who settled in the area over thirty years ago, are mainstays of the art community in the region. They each have thriving individual art practices as well as collaborative projects that include the Carrizozo Artist in Residency Program, an arts organization called MoMAZoZo, and the stewardship of three historic buildings in the heart of downtown Carrizozo.
D Magazine: The Inspiration Behind Ben Muñoz’s Oversize Woodblock Prints
The “Endless Endeavor” series took him more than a year to complete. Each panel represents a different chapter in the evolution of Muñoz’s family, from the emigration of his paternal grandfather, Alberto, to the birth of his daughters, Jane and Florence.
A Creative Excuse #5: Bob Ebendorf
Bob Ebendorf is a longtime jewelry-maker and educator with work in 26 museums worldwide. In 2003, the Smithsonian Art Museum hosted a 40 year retrospective of his work.
Vogue Magazine: Meet 8 Indigenous Beaders Who Are Modernizing Their Craft
Hollis Chitto’s beaded bags may seem too beautiful to use on the regular—but he doesn’t view them that way. “The handbags I make are lined and fully functional, if one were to wish to use them as such,” he says.
A Creative Excuse #4: Erin & Nina Elder
Erin & Nina Elder are sisters, artists, curators, and all around creative geniuses living in Albuquerque, NM.
A Creative Excuse #3: Ian Kuali'i
Ian Kuali'i is a Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) and Apache mixed-media artist residing in Santa Fe, NM. His work has been shown globally in addition to a solo show at Hecho a Mano.
Hecho a Mano Video
Many thanks to Julian Fox, Paris Mancini and Marcos Lion for creating this fun video!
Meet Your Makers: Bianka Groves
Bianka Groves' work is simple and calm; it is intended to add balance to a fast-paced world. There is a bold contrast between the white of the porcelain and the incised black lines, but her sense of touch is very delicate. Each piece shows Groves’ hand at play.
SF Reporter: 3 Questions With Hecho a Mano Founder Frank Rose
"What I'm kind of aiming for is summed up in the name of the business: Hecho a Mano; handmade. My aesthetic is fairly intuitive, and I think right now one of the things that's important to me in connecting makers with the objects with the viewer or buyer."
A Creative Excuse #2: Jared Weiss
Jared is a painter working and residing in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2015 and his BFA in 2009 from the Columbus College of Art and Design.
Albuquerque Journal North: Hecho a Mano Grand Opening
“I think so many times art can get disassociated from its maker,” said Rose. “And we tend to see it in a vacuum because a lot of places don’t connect the artist to the maker. You see the object and it’s great, but somebody made that. So, Hecho a Mano is sort of a call to that ethos. That somebody made this; this was made by hand. I don’t want a lot of things to be under glass. I want people to be able to touch things. I want that connection.”
A Creative Excuse #1: Lauren Tresp
Lauren Tresp is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor of THE Magazine in Santa Fe, NM.
SF Reporter: Daniel Hernández: Querida Mortem
"The concept that exists in Mexican culture of death not as something tragic, but as something inherent in us, that exists—that remains reason for celebration," Daniel Hernández says.
New York Times: For the Women of One Oaxacan Village, Pottery Is a Way of Life
"The act of turning earth into clay and transforming its properties with fire — is one of humankind’s earliest inventions."
Chris Casey Video Compilation
A compilation of Chris Casey's enjoyable ceramics demos.
Resourcefulness As Art: Chris Casey on Ceramics, Instagram, and New Mexico
Artist Chris Casey has parlayed his love of clay and ceramics into a dedicated fanbase eager to learn about the work that goes into his craft. His utilitarian approach to artistry has attracted curious minds from all walks of life to his thriving social media accounts.
Diego Rivera: El Sueño (La Noche de los Pobres)
El sueño (La noche de los pobres), or Sleep (The night of the poor), is a part of a series of lithographs created by Diego Rivera that were published in New York by the Weyhe Gallery in 1932. El sueño portrays a group of Mexican campesinos, or rural peasantry, sleeping huddled together for warmth and support.
The Potters Cast: Instagram Insights From a Potter’s Perspective
I think artist’s block is a lot of theorizing so you are kind of stuck in your own head. So if you can just get out of your own head and just make something or go and do something, go on a little trip or something. Go to a museum or go to a movie or something like that. I think you just have to get out of your own head if you are stuck and look at the amazing stuff everywhere. Most of it we have our blinders on and we don’t really see that stuff. So go outside and take a walk, look around, and soak in the world a little bit.
Designboom: Colectivo 1050
founded by kythzia barrera — an eindhoven design academy graduate — and diego mier y terán, colectivo 1050º is a mexican brand of clay objects made by hand in oaxaca, mexico, with the mission of opening new paths to this disappearing discipline and empowering the artisans who practice it. ‘in a world of disposable plastic products, produced in millions, the unique craft of the potter is rarely valued,’ comments colectivo 1050º. ‘since they cannot earn a sufficient and fair income, many are abandoning the craft altogether.’
Carlos Mérida's Mujeres
Mérida’s paintings of indigenous women exemplified the manner in which an artist could use the “essential” aspects of painting to express the visual and material characteristics of his subjects.
VIDEO: Diego Rivera, Man Controller of the Universe
Diego Rivera, Man Controller of the Universe (or Man in the Time Machine), 1934, fresco, 4.85 x 11.45 m in the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker. Created by Beth Harris and Steven Zucker.
Pasatiempo: Retablista Victor Huáman Gutiérrez
When a woman in the Peruvian town of Ayacucho commissioned Victor Huáman Gutierrez’s father to construct boxes for her family retablos, nine-year-old Victor came along for the journey to Peru’s central highlands. Huáman Gutiérrez remained for three months, helping make the boxes, and was inspired by the retablos he saw — so different from those of his own village, where retablo figures were made from molds. “They impressed me a lot. For the first time I felt an incomparable happiness. I wanted to be better than this guy. My idea at nine years old was to be the best in the world.”
Brain Pickings: Diego y Frida
Despite having an open marriage where each had multiple affairs — for the bisexual Kahlo, the most notable were those with French singer, dancer, and actress Josephine Baker and Russian Marxist theorist Leon Trotsky — both Kahlo and Rivera maintained that they were the love of each other’s life.
Leia Zumbro Interview
I’m from St. Louis and started taking classes when I was 16 at Craft Alliance. I got hooked. My teacher encouraged me to go on, so I went to college for metalsmithing and jewelry making and received my bachelor’s degree at SIUE. I was out of school working a few years and decided to go back to school for my master’s in metalsmithing. I got my master’s at East Carolina University in metalsmithing and moved back to St. Louis. I grabbed some teaching positions and started to get my work into galleries.
VIDEO: José Guadalupe Posada
A short biography of José Guadalupe Posada
Carlos Merida's Estampas del Popol Vuh
Mérida took a Maya sacred text, the Popol vuh, as the inspiration for a set of ten lithographs that appeared as a portfolio in 1943. The portfolio layered the lithographs with translucent pages printed with relevant fragments of text from the Popol vuh in both Spanish and English.
Alfredo Zalce Obituary
Mexican painter Alfredo Zalce, 95, died, just a week after his birthday. A month ago he got the award "El Tlacuilo" from the Salón de la Plástica Mexicana. He was born in Patzcuaro, in the state of Michoacan, on January 12, 1908. During his early years he became friends with Mexico’s older great artists, including Rivera, Tamayo, Siquieros, Orozco, and Kahlo. He founded art schools and organizations which still function and are of current importance.
New York Times: Rufino Tamayo Obituary
Rufino Tamayo, a force in Mexican art for more than 60 years and one of the leaders of the Mexican Renaissance, died yesterday at the National Institute of Nutrition in Mexico City. He was 91 years old.
Diego Rivera Obituary
Uncompromisingly radical in word and work, head over heels in controversy his whole lifetime (at least from the age of 5, according to one story). Diego Rivera was the exemplification of an artistic renaissance in his native Mexico. He was this generation's best known mural painter and the center of one of the most extraordinary episodes in the history of American art.

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