Mendoza Oaxaca Textile
Stunning hand woven textile art by Mexican artist, Arnulfo Mendoza (August 17, 1954 – March 7, 2014). Arnulfo Mendoza is a native and life-long resident of Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico. Born in 1954, Mendoza began weaving traditional Zapotec designs at the age of 10 under his fathers tutelage in the family atelier. He went on to earn a BFA from La Escuela de Bellas Artes in the city of Oaxaca, has lived in both Paris (1980) where he painted and studied the classic French tapestry and in Tokyo (1993) selected for his weaving in the international artist-in-residency project Tama Life 21. Mendoza has been awarded the prestigious distinction of Great Master of Mexican Folk Art by the Banamex Cultural Foundation, his work is included in the permanent collection of the Mexican Fine Art Center Museum, Chicago and has participated in over 50 international museum exhibits.
This textile was featured in an exhibit that represents more than a decade of design development inspired by the classic 18th and 19th century southern Mexican serape. Mendoza has redefined the boundaries of contemporary Zapotec pedal loom weaving combining vibrant hand-dyed silk and wool, with gold and silver in dazzling designs of astounding complexity. Signature 'M' woven in at the bottom right corner.
Each weaving is an original work of art. Mendoza personally hand-dyed every color, individually designs each tapestry and hand weaves, with a small group of talented weavers, the singular creation.
In excellent vintage condition.