Josefina Aguilar

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The artisan in her workshop

Josefina Aguilar is a Mexican folk artist from Ocotlán de Morelos, Oaxaca.[1] She is best known for her small clay figurines, called muñecas, an art form she learned from her mother. Aguilar uses red clay to create depictions of everyday village activities, religious and folkloric scenes, famous figures[2] and special Day of the Dead statues.[3] Collectors of her work include Nelson Rockefeller, who discovered her work on a trip to Oaxaca in 1975[4] as well as repeat visitors to Oaxaca, who come to see her latest work.[3][5]


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  2. ^ Janet Kutner (2006-09-24). "Santa Fe Gallery Owner Combs Oaxaca Scene". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  3. ^ a b Marla Jo Fisher (2005-12-04). "Clay Nation". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  4. ^ Dan Goddard (2006-02-26). "From the Collection". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  5. ^ Ann Jarmusch (2002-11-24). "Heirloom Hacienda". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2008-03-06.