Josefina Aguilar


Josefina Aguilar Alcantara

Painted Ceramics
Ocotlan de Morelos, Oaxaca

The Aguilars portray the daily life of rural Mexico in their painted red clay figurines. Isaura Alcantara Diaz (1925-1969) and Jesus Aguilar Revilla (1919-1977) began the tradition, which they passed to their four daughters who have developed their own distinctive styles.

 The Zagars started working with Isaura and Jesus’s daughter Josefina Aguilar (born 1945) in the 1970s. Josefina is known for her playful depiction of everyday life in small red clay figurines called muñecas. Since losing her sight, she now presides over the work of her children and grandchildren. Her art is included in collections around the world.

Woman With Isaiah, Angel and Creatures
Painted ceramic
12.50h x 6.50w x 4d in
31.75h x 16.51w x 10.16d cm
Location: Inside in the Middle Gallery

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