Reception with the Artist
Sunday, Sept 15, 2013, 3:00-7:00 pm
Welcomed into their homes and hearts, Francisco’s artwork reflects many aspects of Huichol sacred traditions shared with him by shamans, or Marakames, who lead celebrations honoring man’s relationship to spirit and nature. With complex color combinations, his art captures the cultural essence and unique symbolic language of the Huicholes people. Francisco’s participation in Huichol ceremonies inspires his unique interpretation of their sacred traditions; the images and stories depicted in his work grow out of these personal and profoundly transformative experiences.
Mexican traditions and scenes from daily life are also reflected in Francisco’s work. Scenes of pueblo dwellings, colorful markets, beautiful beaches, and important holidays such as Day of the Dead are depicted with vivid color and character. Additionally, he creates artwork that illustrates the customs of Caribbean and African people, including a series about contemporary jazz musicians. More recently, Francisco has created pieces with more abstract themes of his interpretations of Huichol traditions and Mexican culture.
Francisco has taught and exhibited his work at numerous prestigious venues including The Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, the American Visionary Art Museum, The Walters Art Museum, and over a dozen Baltimore Public Schools. He is currently an Artist In Residence at The Creative Alliance, Baltimore. He also maintains a studio/gallery in Mexico where he continues to work closely with Huichol artisans and their communities. He also leads demonstrations and workshops which help to introduce Mexican culture and creativity to a wide audience.