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Artist Richard Hay Reagan (1929-2012) first visited Mexico in the 1950s Tony Burton

In the mid-1950s, after temporary jobs in California, Rick sought artistic inspiration in Mexico. He used GI Bill funds (then about $110 a month) to study art at Mexico City College, where he also taught and exhibited. More than once he spent time painting in the small fishing village of La Ventosa, in Oaxaca. read more

Artist Richard Hay Reagan (1929-2012) revisted Mexico in 1970 Tony Burton

Richard Reagan undoubtedly had artistic talent, but despite his creativity and enviable work ethic, he always lived in the moment and never planned ahead. This makes it all the more important that this quietly-spoken "true artist", one who was never willing to compromise his artistic integrity, is not forgotten. read more

Chapala's Feria Maestros del Arte: guardians of the folk art tradition Erin Cassin

"Art is a country's history and, before Mexicans could read or write, they were telling stories through their art. If this art disappears, so does history." read more

Mexican photographer Enrique Metinides: The man who saw too much Erin Cassin

Exploring Enrique Metinides' images is to immerse yourself in those depths of humanity awash in raw emotion, as the 79-year-old photographer has captured some of the most poignant moments to unfold on ... read more

Mexican master ceramist Jorge Wilmot: the interval between before and after Erin Cassin and Kinich Ramirez

Master ceramist Jorge Wilmot
"When I was working, I never thought of it as creating a piece of art. I was doing what I wanted to do and what I could do and I organized other people to do it."
"I am from Mexico, but it is like (being) from another country that no longer exists," says famed potter Juan Jorge Wilmot Mason.
Mexico lost a beloved artisan when he passed away on January 12, 2012. read more

Uncovering Tonala's history at the National Ceramic Museum Erin Cassin

Dating back to pre-Hispanic times, the nahual is a shape shifter who switches between human and animal forms and is often characterized as a shaman. read more

Wandering warriors: the Tastoan masks of Prudencio Guzman Erin Cassin

On July 25, Saint James Day, Tastoanes perform in many towns and villages. The first performances in 12th century Spain were known as the dance of the Moors and the Christians. In Spain's version, the event symbolizes the expulsion of the Moors, while Mexico's variation -- often called the dance of the Tastoanes -- is commonly interpreted as the representation of the Spanish conquest of Mexico in the 1500s. read more

Mexican painter Gabriela Epstein: color, form and energy Erin Cassin

Epstein spent eleven years on a Chiapas coffee plantation. Its fertile landscape seeped into her subconscious and left an indelible impression. read more

An artistic evolution: Three modern Mexican muralists Erin Cassin

For these three young men, art is not just an integral part of their lives, but a vital force in society as a whole. read more

Inner reality: Ary Stillman in Cuernavaca Erin Cassin

Cuernavaca worked a miracle on Ary and his painting seemed revitalized. For the next few years, there was an outpouring of fantasies on canvas or paper. read more

The vibrant voyages of Mexican artist Hector Ramirez Erin Cassin

Drenched in color, the paintings of Chihuahua artist H. Ramírez pulse with energy and emotion. These elements form the core of Ramírez's work; his very brushstrokes are informed by the artist's inner sentiments.

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Mexican painter Lorena Rodriguez: from the personal to the universal Erin Cassin

Lorena Rodríguez is shattering stereotypes about Mexican women one brushstroke at a time. Her multidimensional, female characters inhabit Mexico's contemporary landscape. Her paintings explore the many layers that comprise these women and the society in which they live. read more

A family tradition in Michoacan: the pineapple pottery of Hilario Alejos Madrigal Erin Cassin

All of my sentiments, all of my imagination are imprinted in a pineapple. It is the way in which I share my imagination with people. read more

Evoking the ancient Maya: murals by Otoniel Baruck Sala Erin Cassin

Maya-themed murals, which fuse shards of this ancient culture with elements of fantasy, are Sala's current focus. read more

Life translated to art: the works of Mexican painter Mara Odette Erin Cassin

Even if I see a landscape or a flower or the ocean, I can detect a human feeling, so it reminds me (that) I am human. read more

Nature's artist: Mexico's Alan Vazquez Erin Cassin and Kinich Ramirez

"The topics that I address in my artwork are an SOS to protect our scarce natural resources of today." read more

Painting poetry: Mexican artist Veronica Leiton Erin Cassin

"I firmly believe that the work should speak for itself. It alone will reflect what one as an artist thinks and feels." read more

Living memories: photographs by Mexico's Miguel Angel Martinez Erin Cassin

"Contact with nature has always been my primary inspiration. The energy that you receive is powerful, and at the same time, peaceful." read more

The Obsidian Butterfly: modern Huichol symbolism Erin Cassin

"The Nawatl art is creating archetypes, in the Jungian sense, awakening unconsciously the common roots of the artist and the viewer." read more

Frozen moments: the photos of Mexico's Ricardo Gomez Jimenez Erin Cassin

"I like the power to capture the image in that particular moment. It's like if a photo of you was taken, but you were caught in a moment. And then you see the photo and say, 'wow, I don't even recognize myself.'" read more

A million meanings: the art of Mexican painter Raul Lopez Garcia Erin Cassin

For artist Raúl López García, it is the language of his subconscious that manifests itself in his paintings. read more

Traveling exhibit offers portal into Huichol world Erin Cassin

The Huichols are one of the four indigenous groups that reside in the region known as the Gran Nayar, located in the southern part of the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains. The Huichols call themselves Wixarika or, in plural form, Wixaritari, a word that's meaning is unknown but from which the term Huichol is derived. read more

Mexico family roots: the Soteno Trees of Life Erin Cassin and Kinich Ramirez

For the Soteno brethren of Metepec in the State of Mexico, creating the sculptures known as árboles de la vida (trees of life) is more than an art form - it is a family tradition. It all began i... read more

Creating is being: Mexican artist Raymundo Becerril Porras Erin Cassin

"For the simple fact that we are sensitive beings, we can't stop making things, creating, seeing the world in another manner. The faculty of being, of walking through the world, of seeing is born in the habit of creating - little by little - something, anything." read more

The fiery spirit of Mexico's Carmen Mondragon Erin Cassin

Known as Nahui Ollin, Mondragón is remembered as a figure in the art scene of the 1920s and as an uninhibited woman who paved the way for female liberation in Mexico. read more
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