Meet the Artisan

Osvaldo Ruelas Ramirez

Known artisan and teacher of the city of Salamanca.

I started my career as artisan and teacher in 1996 participating in courses and programs, as well as with the government of Salamanca, rescuing public spaces and in the youth attention division in the section of cardboard, piñatas, kites, drawing, and painting. As an independent teacher, I had the opportunity to work in rehab courses for adults, in prison, and with disabled people.

I was recruited by the master Ramon Ramirez Lopez, president of the Art Association “Es por Salamanca”, and was recommended to FONART to start imparting summer courses since 2003. In 2009 I was responsible of the cardboard workshop in the House of Culture in the Municipality of Salamanca, and later on, I began to work with the Art Center creating tools, theater stages and different objects that needed to be produced by a plastic artist, along as different courses in the states of Guanajuato.

Artistic Background 

At the early age of 8 years old I first knew the House of Culture in Salamanca with the kids dance group, the drawing workshop, and the chess workshop.

My mother: Otomi Artisan, mi grandfather was a woodcarver and my uncle a wire artisan, this mixture of knowledge gave me the opportunity to stand out and make a living out of the artesania (Mexican folk art). This is one of the reasons why I committed to learn and polish this inherited skills with a strong academic foundation taking courses in FONART, such as sculpture, painting, and cardboard work, along with others in the Center of Arts Salamanca.

I had the great opportunity of knowing and learning of the best art teachers in the country, in different techniques as carving, format painting, madonnari (street painting), mural painting and graffiti. Thanks to this courses and classes, I have developed great quality and success in the artisan industry of cardboard of Celaya, Gto. Place where the regional contest of this technique took place, and that I have proudly been awarded for 9 years in a road in the category of alebrije grande (Mexican folk art sculptures). In my career, I have been awarded more than 50 different prizes at regional, national, and international levels. Even when personal success if very satisfying, to me, it`s even more to see my students being awarded as well in regional, statal, national and international contests. In 2016 they participated in a gallery in The Vatican, displaying three outstanding creations.

Workshop impartations and awards 

  • 2013, cardboard workshops in the United States: in the cities of Chicago and Aurora, Illinois; Burlington, North Carolina. IEC (Statal Institute of Culture). The courses were imparted to universities, high schools, middle schools and elementary schools. Teaching about popular arts and promoting traditions and artesanias made during that time.
  • Courses in the Museum of Art and Culture of Leon, Gto. 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.
  • Courses in the CEARG (Center of Arts of Guanajuato).
  • Bicentenary Park, Silao, Guanajuato. (Opening Exposition, workshops on Death Day 2012, Wiseman day 2013 and Christmas events in 2013).
  • Center of Arts Guanajuato, CEARG (Cardboard course for the House of Culture Ocampo, Guanajuato. June 2012- March 2013).
  • Sales of artesanias, theater scenarios, and utilities for theater displays.
  • Municipal Hallway of Salamanca 2012-2015.
  • Death Altar 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 House of Culture.
  • Decoration of the City Christmas Tree (ornaments).
  • San Valentines present 2013.
  • Cardboard workshops in the United States 2014: cities of Chicago and Aurora, Illinois; Burlington, North Carolina. IEC (Statal Institute of Culture). The courses were implemented in universities, high schools, middle schools and elementary schools. Teaching about popular art, traditions, and artesanias that were made in that time.
  • Cardboard workshops in the Museum of Art and History of Guanajuato (Leon, Guanajuato).
  • Cardboard workshop San Antonio, Texas, December 2015 IEC (Statal Institute of Culture). The courses were imparted in high schools, middle schools and elementary schools. Teaching about popular art, traditions, and artesanias that were made in those days.
  • Cardboard workshop San Antonio, Texas, October 2016 IEC (Statal Institute of Culture). The courses were imparted in high schools, middle schools and elementary schools. Teaching about popular art, traditions, and artesanias.
  • Participation in the Great Cardboard Display in Jardines de Mexico (Cuernavaca, Morelos).
  • Currently teaching a Cardboard workshop in the community of Valtierrila, Salamanca, in charge of CEARG.

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