Mexican Art

About Mexican Art

Mexico is famous for its pre-Columbian folk art from the period between 1800 BC and AD 1500. Especially valuable is the clay pottery from the valley of Oaxaca and the Tonola village that dates back to this time period.

Pottery making is ancient and much elaborated handcraft in Mexico. Pottery has been used, and it is still used, in everyday life by millions of Mexicans.

Some Mexican housewives, and even some experienced and educated cooks, claim that one cannot prepare the authentic Mexican meal without using the Mexican pottery.

This is because in the process of making the Mexican pottery the main ingredients are Mexican water and earth both of which are very unique.

You should not be surprised with these claims because Mexicans consider cooking, and food preparation in general, to be an art. In order to prepare a good meal one must be an artist who combines all of the ingredients in such a way that produces a special, unique ad overwhelming taste and experience.

Mexican Bark Painting

The art of Mexican bark painting dates back to around 1200BC. Over time Mexican Indians have transferred their skills of painting on pottery to painting on paper made from the bark of trees.

Usually Mexican bark painting depicts colorful animals, village scenes or flowers. It is very joyful and fun peace of art to have. Therefore if you are looking to freshen up your living space you may try Mexican bark painting.

Especially interesting is that you yourself can make this peace of art. There is more than one way to make Mexican bark painting, the only thing you need to do is to choose the way that is the best for you. Making this painting can be very fun family project and kids always enjoy it very much as well as the adults. Therefore, it's time to play!

Modern Mexican Artists

A side from Mexican Bark paintings and world-famous pottery and food Mexico has produced many great painters, architects, actors and actresses, musicians, film producers, and many other types of artists.

Some of those Mexican artists are: Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Remedios Varo, Ruben Ortiz Torez, Rufino Tamayo, Pedro Meyer, Oscar Gonzales Loyo, Manuel Felguerez, Julio Galan, Miguel Conde, Carlos Santana, Gelsen Gas, and many others.

Mexican Art Tattoo

Mexican tattoo art is very developed and elaborated due to the fact that tattoos have been a part of Mexican life for thousands of years. Aztecs were using tattoos for different purposes during their rule of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica (present Mexico). However, the most popular Aztec tattoos were, and still are, the religious ones.

Nowadays many Mexicans have the Aztec tattoos such as the Aztec Sun God or the Aztec Calendar. Mexican flag tattoos are also very popular as well as the tattoos of Our Lady of Guadalupe and other religious symbols.

Mexican pride tattoos are one of the most popular tattoo designs in the United States due to the fact that almost 30 million of Mexicans and Mexican Americans live in the U.S. and that they are more likely to get a tattoo than other Americans.