Mexico Art By Amy

History of Mexican Art

Mexican art history begins with early peoples, such as the Olmecs, Incans, Mayans and Aztecs. These early artists produced works during the 3,000-year period between 1500 BC and 1500 AD

The Olmecs, the original writers of hieroglyphics, created a calendar, which influenced their architectural designs. The position of sunlight and shadows determined where they placed architectural details. They made sculptures of huge heads that may have represented their rulers.Ancient media included paper, stone, and ceramics. The fertility figurines, ceramic bowls, wall paintings, and jade sculptures, and other art they left behind still fascinate us today.

These are some art picture

Native people had created amazing artwork using feathers before the Spaniards came. They used this feather art for religious images afterwards, and they also made beautiful illustrations for manuscripts. Paintings were in the European style, but artists decorated their borders with native motifs such as leaves, corn, cacao, and pineapples.

The Mexican Baroque period began around the middle of the 17th century. Mexican artists preferred to paint or sculpt realistic scenes, even though this wasn't the European style. Wealthy sponsors paid for elaborate canvas murals to decorate the interiors of their churches. They were also willing to pay to have their portraits painted. During this period, Casta paintings showed people of mixed races, notably the Mestizo - a mix of Spaniards and native Mexicans.

Mexican clay models

Mexican Folk Art and Crafts

People who have no formal art training create folk art. Folk art and crafts are handmade and decorative.

In Mexico, folk arts and crafts are called "artesanía". There is a wide variety of artesanía in Mexico. This is because Mexico has many different raw materials and varied people groups. Natural resources in Mexico include many types of clay, wood, metal, stones, and plants. Bold colors and decorative details give Mexican folk art the attractive edge it is famous for.

This style of decoration is used to celebrate the Day of the Dead on October 31st through November 2nd. Family and friends of those who died gather to pray and remember them

Who Were the Most Important Mexican Artists?

Mexico boasts many important artists. But three of them helped change the face of Mexican art--David Alfaro Siqueiros, Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco. These “Big Three” used art to change the culture during the Mexican Revolution. They were muralists who helped found the Mexican Muralist movement.

Mexican skull

• Rivera was born in 1886. He studied art in Europe and displayed his paintings around the world. Creation was the first of his many murals.

• Siqueiros was born in 1896. Trained at the San Carlos Academy, he depicted the struggle of daily life. One of his most famous works is The March of Humanity. At 8,700 square meters, this huge mural depicts humanity's struggle for a better society.

• Orozco was born in 1883 and also studied at the San Carlos Academy. His art often depicted man's suffering. His most famous mural is The Epic of American Civilization. It contains 24 panels that show the influence of war, industrialization, and the impact of natives and colonists on North America.

• Diego Rivera guided, and later married, Frida Kahlo. Self-portraits became her hallmark. Poor health and an unhappy marriage influenced her artwork and gave it a bitter edge.

Thank You For Watching!!!

I hope you learned lots about Mexican Art and you will now visit mexico to see the art in real life!!!


Created with images by AmberAvalona - "coffee shop madrid new mexico old mining" • Stephen Kelly Photography - "DeYoung Exhibits, Early Mexican Art 1" • fontplaydotcom - "fp110407-38" • HockeyholicAZ - "DSC_3925" • Larry1732 - "New Mexican Painting" • Larry1732 - "Mexican Folk Art" • coombesy - "skull symbol mexican" • Wonderlane - "Affection of deers, flowers, birds, Antique Mexican painting, Jardin de los Sievas, Hotel Belmar, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico"

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