Milagros Mexican Folk Art offers hand-picked collections from some of the most renowned artisans in Mexico with whom we’ve built relationships over the past 30 years. We carry a variety of Mexican folk art that includes Oaxacan Animals, Huichol Yarn Paintings, Talavera, Tinwork, Jewelry, and more. Below are a few of the artists with whom we are proud to work.
One of the most talented woodcarvers in Oaxaca, Mario Castellanos initially became known for his intricate lizards and iguanas carved from a single piece of wood. In recent years, Mario has distinguished himself for the incredible variety of animals he carves. All of his carvings are painted with intricate Zapotec Indian designs by his wife, Reina Ramirez.
The Castillo family is a renowned family of artisans in the village of Izucar de Matamoros in the state of Puebla. The late Alfonso Castillo Orta is featured in the Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art book, available on Amazon. The family has continued the tradition of elaborate trees of life as well as other intricate works of art, such as skulls.
Armando Jimenez is known for his whimsical and colorful carvings, and we have worked with him closely for almost 30 years. Armando is the grandson of Manuel Jimenez, who was responsible for the initial creation of these “alebrijes” woodcarvings in Oaxaca, Mexico. Armando works with his equally talented wife, Antonia, and their son, Alejandro.
Papier-mâché / Alebrijes
The Linares family in Mexico City is world renowned for the art of cartoneria or the use of Papier-mâché to create skeletons and fantastical creatures called alebrijes. The late Pedro Linares is responsible for the alebrijes in art today, having envisioned them in a feverish dream. His sons and grandsons continue this tradition today.
Jacobo and Maria Angeles
Jacobo and Maria Angeles are renowned artisans famous for the painting of very fine, intricate patterns inspired by Zapotec and other indigenous designs. Their work is collected worldwide.