Josefina Aguilar

Type
Individual
Role
Artist
Identifier
AguilarJosefina
Alternate names
Josephina Aguilar Alcantara
Functions, Occupations, and Activities
>Potter, sculptor
Medium
Clay
Statement
Our life is hard. The days are long. God takes many. We do not fear death; we joke about it; we play with it. We have to do this or become bitter. [From artist statement in Josefina Aguilar's vertical file in the Bartlett Library of the Museum of International Folk Art]
Biography
Josefina Aguilar is a Mexican folk artist from Ocotlán de Morelos, Oaxaca. Josefina was mentored by her mother (Isaura Alcantara Díaz) and grandmother. She began learning her craft from them when she was six years old. She is best known for her small clay figurines, called muñecas (dolls), an art form she learned from her mother. Aguilar uses red clay to create depictions of everyday village activities, religious and folkloric scenes, famous figures, and special Day of the Dead statues. [Retrieved on 8/31/2017 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josefina_Aguilar]
Geographic names
Ocotlán de Morelos; Oaxaca, Mé
Related people/organizations
Irene Aguilar (is sibling of)
Guillermina Aguilar (is sibling of)
Isaura Alcantara Diaz (is child of)
Isaura Alcantara Diaz (taught by)