Meet the Artisan

Francisco Martinez Espinoza

I was born in Temalacatzingo, Guerrero, Mexico. Since the age of 10 years old I have dedicated myself to the creation of artesanias (Mexican folk art) in maque (lacquer), also to making of power boxes, sewing boxes and bags, dyed with traditional or natural colors.

I am also experienced in the making of other traditional pieces such: napkin holders, masks, shelfs, toys, fortune wheels, carousels, planes, helicopters, cars, among other creations.

I have participated in different contest: National, in my State, in my municipality and also here in my hometown, where I have been awarded due to the quality of my work.

In 2011, I participated in the municipality of Olinala, with a fortune wheel creation that also was awarded 2nd place in the category of “Toys in General”.

In 2013, a contest took place here in Temalacatzingo, where I was awarded 3rd place with the creation of a carousel.

In Temalacatzingo, I have participated in the display of the making of powder and sewing boxes, where a qualifying jury witness my work. I have also been awarded due to those hands on displays.

I learned all this from my parents and grandparents, because ever since I can remember, they have been dedicated to the making of this particular kind of artesanias. This activity is the only financial resource that we have and that allows us to support our families.

I really hope that our kids keep on preserving the making of maque (lacquer) artesanias in the future, because this is a representation of the creativity that makes us artisans form Temalacatzingo, Guerrero, unique.

Francisco Martinez Espinoza collection

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