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Marina Lozano

Marina Lozano

Papier mache sculptures and alebrijes in Mexico

"I fell in love with the flexibility of paper. It is a blank canvas to create whatever comes to your mind."

"I an artisan in papier mache. I was born in Mexico City, a privileged place for arts and crafts. "I became excited... read more

"I an artisan in papier mache. I was born in Mexico City, a privileged place for arts and crafts.

"I became excited about this art when I was 16 years old and studying at the National Polytechnic Institute. It was a point at which I left school due to my low grades in mathematics. It was my father who, as a result of seeing me plunged into depression, encouraged me to study something that would restore my creativity and increase my hope and security. He took me to workshops on sculpture, painting, the human figure, wood carving and, of course, paper arts.

"It was precisely in that resurgence stage that I learned how important human creativity is, and I fell in love with the flexibility of paper. It is a blank canvas to create whatever comes to your mind. I studied papier mache with Alberto Riano in Mexico City and in Guanajuato I learned the traditional techniques and design styles with Clisterio Sanjuanico.

"I think that what was most challenging was being open to the techniques of these great masters. And I also learned to keep abreast of new artistic trends. Now that I teach, I understand the openness that you must have for each person. I started making piñatas, a very well-known technique in Mexico. This is how my designs became more popular, and I began to create more specific sculptures.

"My inspiration comes sporadically — one work leads to another. Every detail motivates me to continue creating. And more than anything, seeing designs from different sources makes ideas come out of nowhere.

"The digital age brings more challenges, each one different and with its own complexity. I remember that, 20 years ago, they conducted a census in my town of Cortazar, Guanajuato. There were 50 artisans specializing in papier mache. Today, there are only two left. But I know there are endless opportunities in this field, each with its own learning and teachings."

18 items by Marina Lozano

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Roger

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10/17/2021

"A wonderful addition to Dia de Los muertos"

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This piece is emblematic of the Mexican celebration

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Mary

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10/09/2021

"Amazing paper mache Sculpture"

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This lovely and adorable Catrina is so finely made and decorated. The attention to detail and the personality of the figure is so endearing! I am in love with her.

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Judy

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01/09/2021

"Every one loves my 2020 Frog! So creative"

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Thank you, Marina. This little frog is absolutely ADORABLE! A must have treasure. This was the perfect Christmas present for me -- from my cats (they buy such wonderful things for me). Right now, my frog is standing proudly on the mantle -- but will eventually hang from the ceiling in my office so I can see him more. I assure you, you will not be disappointed if you buy this for yourself -- or for a friend who just needs to smile.

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