Demetrio& the Aguilares
Cermacists & Painters
Ocotlán de Morelos, Oaxaca, México
Demetrio is part of three-generations of a famous family of painters & ceramicists in Oaxaca: The Aguilares.
His grandmother, Isaura Alcantara Diaz, began the tradition by creating ceramic figurines or "muñecas" using red clay during a time when pottery served mostly utilitarian needs. Isaura passed on her knowledge to her five daughters, who innovated their own styles and began to receive national & international recognition.
Mr. Garcia is son to Master Josefina Aguilar, one of those five daughters, whose work has been exhibited in Mexico and the US. Mr. Garcia took the red-clay art form he learned from his mother and transformed it into his own. As early as the age of 12 he started to make a name for himself winning pottery awards in Oaxaca and Mexico City . After a near-death experience at the age of 17, he developed a peculiar relationship with death, one of equal parts respect and equal parts mockery, which he has since implemented into his work. Combining his families' tradition with his own texture-driven innovations & discoveries, Demetrio creates fantastic handcrafted "muñecas & muñecos" with personal interpretations of religious, cultural & family themes. He searches for balance in his pieces, using a yin-yang of symbolic elements, often fusing life & death, good & evil, and questions of the underworld & the cosmos. His work is colored in rich yet ocher colors, detailed patiently and lovingly, while composing narratives between the old & the new.