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Collecting a Master | Coleccionando la obra de un Maestro: Carlomagno Pedro Martínez in the John Gaston Fairey Collection of Mexican Folk Art
On view through March 12, 2023
Art Museum of Southeast Texas
Beaumont, Texas

Carlomagno Pedro Martínez is a Mexican artist and artisan in “barro negro” ceramics from San Bartolo Coyotepec, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. He comes from a family of potters in a town noted for the craft. He began molding figures as a child and received artistic training when he was 18. Carlomagno draws his inspiration from the cultural wealth he observes within daily life in Mexico. Although the majority of the pieces he creates are inspired by traditional Oaxacan characters and imagery, he also includes humorous portrayals of present-day personalities and events. His expressiveness and realism distinguish his work.

[Image: Carlomagno Pedro Martínez, Wake (detail), n.d., Oaxacan black clay and wood, Gift of John Gaston Fairey, PC 2017.04.063.01-.07]