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 Isaura Aguilar.[2][3] Aguilar uses red clay to create depictions of everyday village activities, religious and folkloric scenes, famous figures[4] and special Day of the Dead statues.[5] Collectors of her work include Nelson Rockefeller, who discovered her work on a trip to Oaxaca in 1975[6] as well as repeat visitors to Oaxaca, who come to see her latest work.[5][7] Children's book author Jeanette Winter has written and illustrated a counting book inspired by Aguilar's life and work.[8]


  1. ^ Paige Phelps (2008-02-29). "Beautiful Excess of Latin Folk Art Enlivens Southlake Home". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  2. ^ "Josefina Aguilar Alcántara (daughter of Isaura and Jesús)". FOFA. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ Wasserspring, L., & Ragan, V. (2000). Oaxacan Ceramics: Traditional Folk Art by Oaxacan Women. Chronicle Books. 
  4. ^ Janet Kutner (2006-09-24). "Santa Fe Gallery Owner Combs Oaxaca Scene". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  5. ^ a b Marla Jo Fisher (2005-12-04). "Clay Nation". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  6. ^ Dan Goddard (2006-02-26). "From the Collection". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  7. ^ Ann Jarmusch (2002-11-24). "Heirloom Hacienda". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  8. ^ Freeman, Evelyn. "Children's Books: Literacy". Reading Teacher.