The Aguero Family (Xochimilco section of Oaxaca City)

Miguel Ángel Agüero Pacheco

Miguel, a poetic and thoughtful man, creates expressive tin pieces in his home workshop in the Xochimilco section of the city of Oaxaca. Miguel works with several of his sons and a son-in-law to make special pieces such as trees of life, lamps, and skeletons engaged in human activities, the latter in honor of the Day of the Dead. With intense emotion, Miguel related his belief that “only art and music express the soul.”

 

Miguel Ángel Agüero Bustamante

Miguel Ángel won honorable mention in the “Varios” category in FOFA’s 2008 young artists’ contest, especially remarkable because he never imagined that he would become an artisan. However, impelled and inspired by his father, a master artisan in hoja de lata (tin work), he has created beautiful pieces like “The Fighting Cock.” This is the first time Miguel Ángel has made this particular figure, crafted from plated aluminum. It required great precision to adorn the cock’s body with 1400 feathers – all placed by hand. Miguel Ángel comments that his bird represents the changing temperament, not only of its creator, but also of people in general. Just like the cock, people react differently depending upon who they meet in life.

 

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