The Sosa Calvo Family (San Martín Tilcajete)

Jesús, a pensive man, derives deep satisfaction from his art. He is never content to rest on his laurels, perpetually expanding his technique by taking courses (e.g., in drawing, oil painting, and marionette making) in art schools in Oaxaca. He is best known for his reclining dogs and cats, but also creates fabulous mermaids with long, flowing hair made of “ixtle” (a fiber from cacti), rabbits and burros. Some of Jesús‘s figures have moving parts, influenced by his studies in marionette making. He has also created two signature decorative ideas. One is painting the faces of his figures, as if masks, with variegated colors. The other is painting amoeba-like shapes on their bodies, as a result of noting their texture and configurations in scientific books he has studied.

Francisca Calvo (San Martín Tilcajete and Environs of Oaxaca City – Quijxi #101 Departamento 121 Fraccionamiento Los Alamos, Montoya, Infonavit)

Among the very few women carvers, Francisca creates large, striking pieces that combine human and animal features, e.g., a woman butterfly and a man peacock. She also loves to create virgins, such the Virgin of Guadalupe with Juan Diego, revered throughout Mexico. Francisca’s pieces are collectors’ items of museum quality, both because of her remarkable mastery of human anatomy and her superb decorative painting. She has now moved into the environs of Oaxaca City to better enable her to promote her own work. crop.tiff


Emigdio Calvo (San Martín Tilcajete)

Emigdio’s specialties are angles, dogs and rabbits, as well as skeletons inspired by the Day of the Dead, including erotic skeleton figures. Carving has very gradually become the center of his life’s work and he feels extremely fortunate to secure his future with his artistic work.


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