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: Esperanza Hernandez Diaz and Albertina Gomez Perez, Ceramic Artists

Esperanza Hernandez Diaz

Esperanza learned pottery-making at a young age, like all the other women in the village. When she got married at the age of 17, she moved in with her husband´s family and started working with her sister-in-law, Albertina Gómez Pérez. Amatenango is known as “The Chiapas Capital of Pottery,” where local women artisans display and sell their works under covered arches, …. Continue reading

Artisan Profile: Angelica Morales Gamez – Ceramic Artist and Painter

angelica morales gamez

Angelica Morales Gamez and her brother, Manuel Morales Gamez, and sister, Leticia Morales Gamez, follow in the footsteps of their mother, Dona Ofelia Gamez, in producing black and white ceramics. Angelica has been working her craft for over 18 years and is the fourth generation of her family to continue makeing black and white pottery. Continue reading

Artisan Profile: Paola Rosendo – Lacquerware Artisan

Paola Rosendo

Paola Rosendo was born in the village of Olinalá, in the northwestern part of the state of Guerrero, near Tlapa. Her village is the most important lacquer center in Mexico. This dusty town, with its white-washed adobe houses and unpaved narrow streets, is way off the beaten Continue reading