Nichos

Mexican Folk Art Nichos – Gay Day of the Dead

 

These WONDERFUL Nichos

are from an artist studio in the town of San Miguel de Allende; one of the colonial jewels of the Americas. A city that manages to be both quaint and cosmopolitan at the same time. Once an important stop on the silver route between Zacatecas and Mexico City, its historic center is filled with well-preserved buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. With its narrow cobblestone streets, leafy courtyards, fine architectural details and sumptuous interiors, San Miguel de Allende is arguably the prettiest town in Mexico.

The town waned during and after the war, and at the beginning of the 20th century was in danger of becoming a ghost town. Its Baroque/Neoclassical colonial structures were “discovered” by foreign artists who moved in and began art and cultural institutes such as the Instituto Allende and the Escuela de Bellas Artes. This gave the town a reputation, attracting artists such as David Alfaro Siqueiros, who taught painting.

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This attracted foreign art students, especially former U.S. soldiers studying on the G.I. Bill after the Second World War. Since then, the town has attracted a very large number of foreign retirees, artists, writers and tourists, which is shifting the area’s economy from agriculture and industry to commerce catering to outside visitors and residents.

In a small workshop on the outskirts of town this particular Studio creates original folk art incorporating the traditional elements of Mexican culture, humor, materials and artesanal legacy to make pieces on the cutting edge of design.

They have dabbled in gay art since 1993.

With the sweeping acceptance and passage of Marriage Equality, we are also having them create special one of a kind  exclusive LGBTQ pieces  JUST FOR US!

And they can customize nichos  for you – with peoples  names, special  wording, anniversary dates  etc.   Most nichos have a glass door that opens and you can put tiny trinkets inside to further customize them and make them more special!

The team is made of various artisans from the surrounding countryside and from the other states such Puebla, Michoacan, Tlaxcala, Oaxaca and Guerrero.

Their art pieces are seen throughout Mexico, the United States, in Canada, Australia and Europe and are featured mostly in galleries, museum shops and folk art stores as well as private collections throughout the world.

Some of the fine venues which feature their work are: the Peabody Museum, the Gilcrease Museum, the Arizona State University, the Brooklyn Museum, the Latin American Art Museum, Denver Art Museum, Place of the Governor’s Museum (Santa Fe), and Horchow’s Catalogue. Some of the private collectors of these works include: comedian Gary Shandling, musicians Keith Richards,Ringo Starr, Lucero and Mijares, ZZ Top,Los Tigres del Norte, model and restauranteur Christy Turlington, cartoonist Barry Tomas, the painter Fernando Botero, the actor Eric Idle and the singer Adam Ant; also actor comedian Steve Martin.

We have selected mostly their Day of the Dead and LGBT pieces. But their inventory is very large and they will create custom pieces to personalize them to a clients wishes.

We are honored to represent them here now!



 (Since it’s hard to tell the size from the photos, we have included the dimensions and also list them from the largest down to the smallest. Please allow for natural, artistic variations. )

 

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 Vas Al Cielo Por El Clima…..  (Go to Heaven for the Weather…)

….Y Al InFierno Por La Compania  (….and Hell for the Company)

Heaven and Hell  15″ wide  x 10.5″ tall  $120 ($4.50 shipping)

 


 

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Si El Amor Es Fuego…. !Me Estoy Quemando!

(If Love is Fire…I am Buring!)

Si El Amor Es Agua….!Me Estoy Mojando!

(If Love is Water…I am getting Wet!)

Si El Amor Es Olvido….?Que Te Estaba Diciendo?

(If Love is to Forget…What Was I Telling You?)

8 inches tall x 12.5  inches wide. This model shows 3 male couples  – could be all females as well.

Three Windows  8″ x 12.5″ $85 ($4.50 shipping)

 


 

 

 This next series of 3 Nichos, features doors  that open  and close, so the doors are painted on both sides.  And the side of the Nicho is even painted, so when it hangs on the wall, if someone was to catch a glimpse of it, it is painted as well. 

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Unesqueleto En Cada Ropero   (A  Skeleton in Every Closet)

10.5″ tall  x 7.5″ wide   $80 ($3.50 shipping)

 

 

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A  Skeleton in Every Closet

10.5″ tall  x 7.5″ wide   $80 ($3.50 shipping)

 

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 Time To Get Out of the Closet

10.5″ tall  x 7.5″ wide   $80 ($3.50 shipping)

 


 

 

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El Amor No Tiene Genero  (Love Has No Gender)

Gay Beach Wedding 7.5″ x 10″ $75 ($3.50 shipping)

 

 

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El Amor No Tiene Genero  (Love Has No Gender)

Lesbian Pink Wedding 7.5″ x 10″ $75 ($3.50 shipping)

 

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Adan & Esteban (Adam & Steve) 7.5″ x 10″ $75 ($3.50 shipping)

 

 

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Ada & Eva 7.5″ x 10″ $75 ($3.50 shipping)OUT OF STOCK AT THE MOMENT

 


 

 

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Game Over   7.5″ x 10″ $70 ($3.50 shipping)

 

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!Paren Esa Boda Ese Hombre Es Mio! (Stop That Wedding The Hombre is Mine!)

!En La Madre!  (Oh Shit!)

Hombre is Mine!  7.5″ x 10″ $70 ($3.50 shipping)

 

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 Nunca Falta Un Roto.…. (For someone Broken…)

Para Un Descosido (There is always someone Disjointed)

 

Descosido   7.5″ x 10″ $70 ($3.50 shipping)

 

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9.5″ x 8″ $45 ($3.50 shipping)

 

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Amor Eterno  (Everlasting Love)

9.5″ x 8″ $65 ($3.50 shipping)

 

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Siempre Juntos (Always Together)

9.5″ x 8″ $65 ($3.50 shipping)

 

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Saint Sebastian Patrono De Los Gays  (Patron Saint of Gays)

9.5″ x 8″ $45 ($3.50 shipping)

 

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El Corazon….  (The Heart)

Es La Casa Del Alma (is the Home of the Soul)

9.5″ x 8″ $45 ($3.50 shipping)

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 Si Lo Sabe Dios  (If God Knows…)

Que Lo Sepa El Mundo  (So Shall the World)

5″ x 5.5″ $39 ($2.50 shipping)

 


 

Nicho art originated as a popular adaptation of the Roman Catholic retablo tradition of painting patron saints on wood or tin. Unlike the large, flat panels of retablo, nichos are small and built in shadow box style. Common structural conventions include hinged doors, carved borders, and multiple panels.

*Please allow for natural, artistic variations.