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Mariano y Cilau Valadez


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Native of Ixcuintla Santiago area, Mariano Valadez Navarro emphasizes its high quality embroidery work, much appreciated in the U.S.

Huichol yarn painting has been a part of Mariano Valadez Navarro’s heritage for as long as he can remember. His family often made them for sacred places and ceremonies in their indigenous community. He now makes these vibrant and elaborate yarn paintings professionally to support his family, but has continued to incorporate spiritual and mythological themes, as he often depicts scenes from peyote visions, ceremonial life and Huichol cosmology in his work. Mariano Valadez Navarro not only identifies as a Huichol yarn painter, but also as a storyteller who is translating his culture’s rich traditions and beliefs into an art form that he hopes anyone can connect to and appreciate.

Mariano creates his art work based in his imagination and creativity traditionally as a result of his visualizations during spiritual trance.

International museums:
  • · M.H. de Young Memorial Museum de San Francisco, California (1978)
  • · Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago (1979)
  • · The American Museum of Natural History, New York (1979)
  • · The Museum of Man, San Diego Cal. (1980)
  • · Centro Cultural Mexicano, de San Antonio, Texas
  • · Museo de la Universidad de las Cruces, Nuevo México
  • · Centro Cultural de Tijuana, Baja California
  • · Feria Internacional de Turismo en Madrid, España, 2009

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Cilaunime Rafael Valadez is a young Wixarica (Huichol seer) artist, he has inherited his father’s (Mariano) gift of representing in his paintings the essence of their culture and mythology based on Huichol believes and symbolism.

The forms in Cilau’s  nierikas are complex in their symbolism and mythological representation mixed with his own vision of modernity. Cilau frequently travels different cities in U.S. presenting his work and traditions.

In each piece we can appreciate the richness of Cilau’s spiritual life in combination with Wixarikas’s traditional stories that have transcended orally for more than 2,500 years. Those stories are memorized by the Marakames (holy men) and being told during traditional ceremonies dedicated to the elements of nature, like the sea, water, fire, air, rain, corn, or whether animals such as jaguars, wolves, snakes or the birth, life and death.

The piece entitled “The Birth of culture Wixarica” participated in the National Folk Art Grand Prix 2009, the call for which was given by the Ministry of Social Development, SEDESOL, National Fund for the Promotion of Handicrafts, in its edition FONART XXXIV occasion of the Bicentennial of Independence and Centennial of the Mexican Revolution.


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Santiago Ixcuintla

Santiago de Ixcuintla is a town in the western Mexican state of Nayarit.

The word Ixcuintla comes from the Nahuatl word ‘Itzcuintlan’ meaning dog and ‘tlan’, meaning "place of many dogs". The reason of the name is due to the region ‘Ixcuintle’ dog breeding tradition. The people of Santiago called the city in honour of the apostle Santiago, symbol of evangelization on cults and religious beliefs of prehispanic groups.

Several hundred Huichol families migrate seasonally (mostly during winter months: Dec.–May) from their Sierra Madre high-country homeland to work for a few dollars a day in the local tobacco fields. In the mountains, the Huichol People have retained their customs tenaciously against ‘Mexicanization’.


Nierikas are portals to other dimensions. This art technic has being inherited from fathers to sons over generations. The creation of this pieces start with a wood panel, then by drawing the artist define the contour of the picture. After the design is ready the panel is cover by beeswax and following the initial design the multi-coloured threads start covering the surface one by one creating. On the back of the table the artist captures his signature, along with an explanation of the symbolism of his work.

The result is an amazing art work with a strong traditional root and spiritual meaning

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