Candelario Medrano Man horse with skeleton M1010

Really unusual for this artist a pairing of sorts of a half man playing the trumpet and the body of a 4 legged animal with a skeleton on his back for good luck. One of several pieces from a private collection. Large 14 tall x 10 deep x 4 wide

The renowned Candelario Medrano (1918-1986) was one of the top figural ceramists in Mexico. He lived in Santa Cruz de las Huertas in the state of Jalisco, one of the largest pottery-producing states in Mexico.  As the adopted son of Julian Acero, the top ceramic toy maker in the village, Medrano learned to create his highly individualized pieces.  As many of the other people in the village Medrano produced sewer pipes for years before turning his imagination to the creation of whimsical castles, bandstands, churches, slim apartment buildings, circus tents, arks, owls,

animals, boats, trains, buses, taxis, cars and airplanes. Some of these pieces would be populated with groups of happy people, oftentimes with very expressive faces.  Another unique expression was the production of his nagual who was dual in nature.  He was your animal protective spirit or the boogie man. All of these were painted in wonderfully bright colors.  Medrano still remains a celebrated master of folk ceramics and his work continues to be collected around the world..