Travel Theme–Spooky

A boy modeling masks for sale at his parents’ home and workshop in the countryside of Oaxaca, Mexico.

These masks are done by Isidoro Cruz Hernández,  Master Mask Carver and Distinguished Mentor of San Martin Woodcarvers in San Martín Tilcajete, Oaxaca.   “I never know in advance what my imagination will create.”

From the book, Mexican Folk Art from Oaxacan Artists Families by Arden Aibel Rothstein and Anya Leah Rothstein:

“By 18 Isidoro was making masks for carnivals.  Some years later, he created wooden toys specifically intended for sale in a folk art shop in the city of Oaxaca.  In 1970 Isidoro had achieved a significant degree of success.  He was sent to Los Angeles on a government mission to demonstrate his work, along with that of other Mexican artists.  He was also invited to exhibit his work in Mexico City.

The contracts Isidoro developed later enabled him to become a mentor and facilitator of the work of many artists in his own pueblo.  When, in 1980, one of the people from the artistic mission he joined was offered a prominent position in the government, he selected Isidoro to stimulate the work of artisans in several areas.”