THE VALENCIA FAMILY (San Antonino Castillo Velasco)


Luis Valencia Mendoza

Luis Valencia and his three sons have fertile imaginations, with a distinct styles, as Luis has clearly encouraging each one to be his own person. Luis creates prominent, boldly painted ceramic pieces that blend tradition and modernity. His work is intended to share with people all over the world the legends, traditions and customs of his Zapotec pueblo, as well as the desires, dreams and hopes of his people captured in color, in his words, “The oral tradition of Oaxaca travels in the ceramic works and painting of Luis Valencia.” Luis also paints voluminous canvases in both oil and watercolor.


Jorge Valencia García (son of Luis)

Jorge is a talented ceramicist-painter who forever seeks additional ideas as he observes the environment surrounding him. His ceramic works include extremely tall sculptural, larger than life-size figures, such as an abstract, pregnant “muertos” woman who plays the saxophone and a dog decorated with other winged four-legged animals. The muted, pastel shades in which they are painted lend great subtlety to this work. Jorge has set up his own workshop about one mile from the family home, but displays his art in both.


Jonathan Valencia García (son of Luis)

Jonathan, a formidable talent, was “born in clay,” perpetually learning from his father. Most of his pieces feature human figures emerging from an array of scenes: from tree trunks, a flower, riding waves, and a boat of mermaids. The bright hues in which are painted add additional vibrancy to these images.



Fernando “Moctezuma” Valencia García (son of Luis)

Moctezuma has learned to work in ceramics from both his father and his brother Jorge, in whose studio he often works after school. His pieces include masks, mermaids and nativities.





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