I thought you might be interested in the most recent look at how we like to display Mexican folk art at Zinnia Folk Arts shop! We wanted to move the holiday decorations out so I decided to put the vintage (1960’s White Period) Heron Martinez tree of life in the front window and build a colorful support cast of a variety of Mexican crafts. The color is so welcome during these grey days in Minnesota…it’s actually raining today. Enjoy the photos and of course, if you’re in Minneapolis, stop in. We’ll be waiting for you. Saludos!
Heron Martinez was a master clay artisan who lived in Acatlan, Mexico during the 1960’s and 70’s. This 3 foot tall tree of life comes from his “white period.” The tree is made of clay, then fired, then painted with a white gesso, then painted in the lively colors so characteristic of Martinez. It was purchased around 50 years ago by a woman traveling in Mexico, eventually given to her nephew in Finlayson, Minnesota. Sadly, Heron Martinez is no longer living and none of his family members have carried on the tradition.
I found it on Craigslist recently and it’s now in my collection.
I’m going to bring it in for the Grand Opening of the Zinnia Folk Arts so everyone can enjoy it. It is truly amazing!