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Delfino Victor Sánchez
Handcrafted Wood Mirrors & Masks

To Contact: This artisan’s page is part of the Feria Maestros del Arte website, a non-profit organization providing a yearly venue for Mexican folk artisans to come together to sell their work. If you wish to purchase the artisan's work other than at the Feria, you MUST contact them directly.

Calle Guzman #146
Ocumicho, Michoacán
351 115 9504 (cellphone)
Email through Terry Baumgart: soulalma66@gmail.com

Delfino Victor Sánchez is 34 and married to Candelaria Gutiérrez Esteban, both Purépechan Indians. Delfino was born into a family of artisans in Ocumicho, Michoacán, a Purépechan village high in the mountains.

Delfino was taught by his father (who was taught by his father) how to make small figures in clay and wood at about eight years old - his father still makes the traditional masks and clay figures Ocumicho is well known for. He is unclear as to how many generations back their family history of working with clay and wood goes. He had to give up his art for five years at age 21 to work outside the home doing construction and other work to make ends meet. One of his jobs was making charcoal in the mountains. During this time, a creative spark was ignited and he began to think about utilizing some of nature's bounty part of his art work.

When he was able to return to doing his art, he began to utilize seeds, pine cone "petals", parts of oak seeds, etc. in his work. He also was inspired to go beyond the traditional work he had learned and began to make mirrors, small tables, shelves, and other objects in a very unique way. His experimentation has led to the unique and whimsical creations he now creates today.

Delfino incorporated color and creative designs into his work which is continually evolving. Asked about some of his designs that have an Eastern feel to them, he says he once saw a photo in a magazine and his imagination took flight. However, his main focus and themes are from his traditional background. His wife helps with the painting using paint brushes made from Delfino's hair - he says they are much better then store-bought brushes. They use natural elements to impart a real sense of nature in their work.

Delfino also makes small clay devil figures and "good guys" figures as part of the chess sets he creates. The chess boards are actually part of small tables encrusted with the pine cone petals, small triangular mirrors, etc.

They, like many other artists trying to exist on the art alone, have certainly had their share of hardships and struggles. However, because both of them are so incredibly kind-hearted and personable, they have been fortunate and received assistance from outside the art community. That is how Delfino's one man show in Ixtapa/Zihuatenejo came to be. He did exceptionally well at the show and is rapidly gaining a following for his work.

In 2012, Delfino was recognized by Casa de Artesania as the best artisan from Ocumicho. Michoacán's governor presented him with his award and prize money.


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