Los Amigos Del Arte Popular is a national, non-profit organization (EIN 2000221519) 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.


We hope you enjoy visiting our on-line museum of  Mexican folk art and will come back often to view exhibitions as they grow and change.   You are invited to join Los Amigos del Arte Popular and can do so on-line by opening the Membership page.  All rooms of the museum are open to the public, so enjoy exploring and learning more about us and about Mexican folk art.

History of LADAP

Los Amigos del Arte Popular was formed in Southern California in 1996 by a small group of close friends with club activities centering around weekend social events.  They visited the homes of various collectors and usually had a tianguis or swap meet.   Over the years, we have grown in numbers and purpose.

In 2001, a similar group formed in Houston, Texas with the name Mexican Folk Art Society of Houston.  It was almost a year before the two groups found each other and began communicating.  The founders in Houston joined the California group and attended a rendezvous in Tucson, Arizona.  It wasn’t long before the two groups discussed merging and forming a national, non-profit organization and in 2003, the merger was accomplished.

Our interests are broad: Some of us collect 19th century museum pieces, others tourist pottery, straw mosaics, wooden bas reliefs, talavera, serapes, feather paintings, masks, and lacquer ware – our passions are eccentric and eclectic.  Some of us do not collect but consider ourselves enthusiastic aficionados.  We are united in our belief that the creative genius of the indigenous people of Mexico melded with the Spanish traditions to produce some of the finest folk art in the world.

Goals & Mission Statement

Our mission is to share our passion for Mexico and its art and to carry out our goals to promote and educate the public about Mexican folk art.  Rendezvous and events are a wonderful experience where we meet others with the same passion & learn from each other, attempting to meet our financial, educational & social goals.

Website Information Gathering

Visitors to our website can be assured that information collected for one purpose is not shared or sold to any third party and you will not receive unwanted solicitations.

Attention Dealers of Mexican Folk Art

If you would like to have postcards advertising Los Amigos & our website for your customers, please visit the contact page and email your request.  We will be glad to send you some and will appreciate your assistance in encouraging others to join.  Members who are dealers are gladly linked to our site upon request and highlighted in our newsletter upon submission of an article.

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Artisan Profile: Alberto Sanchez Moreno

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