Josefina Aguilar

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Josefina Aguilar
Josefina Aguilar Alca¦üntara working.jpg
The artisan in her workshop
Born Oaxaca, Mexico
Nationality Mexico
Known for clay muñecas (dolls)
Style Folk art

Josefina Aguilar is a Mexican folk artist from Ocotlán de Morelos, Oaxaca.[1] Josefina was mentored by her mother (Isaura Alcantara Díaz[2]) and grandmother. She began learning her craft from them when she was six years old.[3] She is best known for her small clay figurines, called muñecas (dolls), an art form she learned from her mother Isaura Aguilar.[4][5] Aguilar uses red clay to create depictions of everyday village activities, religious and folkloric scenes, famous figures[6] and special Day of the Dead statues.[7] Collectors of her work include Nelson Rockefeller, who discovered her work on a trip to Oaxaca in 1975[8] as well as repeat visitors to Oaxaca, who come to see her latest work.[7][9] Children's book author Jeanette Winter has written and illustrated a counting book inspired by Aguilar's life and work.[10]


  1. ^ Paige Phelps (2008-02-29). "Beautiful Excess of Latin Folk Art Enlivens Southlake Home". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  2. ^ Vincentelli, Moira (2004). Women Potters: Transforming Traditions. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press. p. 179. ISBN 0-8135-3381-3. 
  3. ^ Bartra, E. (2011). Women in Mexican Folk Art: Of Promises, Betrayals, Monsters and Celebrities. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. p. 100. 
  4. ^ "Josefina Aguilar Alcántara (daughter of Isaura and Jesús)". FOFA. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  5. ^ Wasserspring, L., & Ragan, V. (2000). Oaxacan Ceramics: Traditional Folk Art by Oaxacan Women. Chronicle Books. 
  6. ^ Janet Kutner (2006-09-24). "Santa Fe Gallery Owner Combs Oaxaca Scene". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  7. ^ a b Marla Jo Fisher (2005-12-04). "Clay Nation". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  8. ^ Dan Goddard (2006-02-26). "From the Collection". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  9. ^ Ann Jarmusch (2002-11-24). "Heirloom Hacienda". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  10. ^ Freeman, Evelyn. "Children's Books: Literacy". Reading Teacher.