Arnulfo Mendoza (b. 1954)
Arnulfo Mendoza is one of Oaxaca’s renowned artists whose work blurs the distinction between fine art and folk art. As a boy, he was trained by his father to be a weaver in their village, Teotitlan del Valle. Like so many other Oaxacan artists, Zapotec indigenous history plays a vital role in much of his work. And although Mendoza later studied in Japan and France, the ancient techniques he had learned as a child, the powerful myths of his homeland and the indigenous colors of this region continue to inspire and influence his artwork. He is able to interpret timeless artistic forms while carefully observing and absorbing modern ideas.
The gouache painting Evaresto y el coyote
uses ancient mythological animals, with their supernatural powers, reflecting the culture, nature and mythology of the artist's native village. This painting brings together his contemporary and personal imagery and the Zapotec reverence for sacred mountains.