As a student of Mesoamerican pre-Columbian arts and crafts, I came to learn how to make pinatas as a sculptural medium that will allow me to construct forms in a quick and economic way. Taking advantage of the presence of a master craftsman in the discipline, under his tutorship I mastered the particular techniques involved in the construction of pinatas. There are two ways in which a traditional folk practice influences the arts. The adoption on the part of the artists of images and instances of the game depicted as themes in their work, without ever having to learn or master the craft. Or on the other hand the mastering on the part of the artist of the techniques needed to create works of art. With this in mind, I have become a master craftsman in the construction of pinatas as well as a practitioner of the craft as a medium projected to other contexts such as: gallery, stage design, carnival floats, etc.
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