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A Mexican Artist

Aug. 31, 2019

Below is are photos to show a few of the other businesses on the block. It's an area that is expanding to carry the overflow of tourists from the main part of town that's a few blocks up the hill.

Alejandro works in acrylic, oil, and mixed media. Some of his works are collage. He even produces jewelry. Most of his works are on standard canvas. He has some smaller sized works painted on wood.

Tepoztlan, Mexico. The neighborhood near Alejandro's gallery. Photos by Don Karp

Alejandro's themes and styles encompass a broad perspective. From natives, to musicians, landscapes, animals, and shamans, he transmits the qualities of life from his own experiences. He uses both realism and abstraction to express himself.

Alejandro Aguirre Hernandez is an artist and musician in Tepoztlan, Mexico. I've known Alejandro since we played music in a quartet called Migrant Worker, in December 2015.

Alejandro opened a gallery to show his work. The grand opening party, with ribbon cutting, champagne and all, was on May 30, 2019.

Tepoztlan, Mexico. Alejandro at work in his studio. Photo by Don Karp

Tepoztlan, Mexico. Smaller works painted on wood, by Alejandro Aguirre. Photo by Don Karp

Tepoztlan, Mexico. Collages by Alejandro Aguirre. Photo by Don Karp

Tepoztlan, Mexico. Maya Goddess of the Aquatic Cosmos, Alejandro Aguirre. Photo by Don Karp

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Tepoztlan, Mexico. Landscapes of Alejandro Aguirre. Photos by Don Karp

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Tepoztlan, Mexico. Musicians by Alejandro Aguirre. Photos by Don Karp

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Tepoztlan, Mexico. Right: Maria Sabina of the mushroom cult in Oaxaca.  Left: Two shamans.Paintings by Alejandro Aguirre. Photos by Don Karp

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Tepoztlan, Mexico. Portrayals of women painted by Alejandro Aguirre. Photos by Don Karp

From the paintings shown above, you can see how Alejandro draws from his life experiences, expressing himself on themes most dear to him. His use of many styles of expression amazes me!

Let's continue to explore Alejandro's work by viewing more of his gallery collection and speaking with him in the videos below.

Tepoztlan, Mexico. Galeria de Arte Alejandro Aguirre. Video by Don Karp

Tepoztlan, Mexico. Interview with Alejandro Aguirre. Video by Don Karp

For other art in Tepoztlan, please see my blog on its murals, featuring an interview with mural artist, Judy Wray.

If you want to learn more about Alejandro and his work, you can find him on Instagram and Facebook. If you want to buy his work or visit the gallery, you can call him on his mobile or WhatsApp in Mexico: 777-446-8414.

Should you want me to feature more local artists and craftsmen, please let me know in the comments below or email me.