Los Amigos Del Arte Popular is a national, non-profit organization comprised of collectors and aficionados of Mexican folk art. Practiced by Mexico’s indigenous people, and melding both originally Mexican and Spanish colonial art, Mexican folk art has a rich tradition which we invite you to explore here. Our website showcases the popular art of Mexico including danced masks, lacquer ware, clay pottery, paper mache and more.  You will also find Pre-Colombian art and Spanish Colonial art as well as art inside the small museums of Mexico.

Artisan Profile: Heron Martinez Mendoza

heron martinez mendoza

After trying various lines of work, Heron Martinez Mendoza (1918-1990) reluctantly joined his family’s pottery business and began by creating utilitarian pieces. The story goes that one of his early pieces, a water vessel with handles designed to minimize breaking off, was so popular that the townspeople lined up at the kiln to buy them.

This success led him to make pots and planters which, over time, became more and more creative. Martínez Continue reading

Artisan Profile: Magdiel Garcia Hernandez – Glass Engraver


Magdiel García Hernández was born in and lives in Mexico City. He studied to be a dental surgeon, but found his true calling in engraving glass (grabado) and other materials, an art form in which he is self-taught.
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Artisan Profile: Alberto Sanchez Moreno

Alberto Sanchez Moreno

“I don’t need to win,” Alberto Sánchez Moreno says, “to value the competition.” In fact, Honorable Mentions in Textiles, which Alberto has received in all four Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art young artist competitions – 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2016 — have greatly enhanced his confidence and career. “The opportunity to share my art with people, observe their reactions and hear their praise goes a long way.” Continue reading