ABOUT THE ARTIST
Octavio Fuentes Santos, 1988.
As a pre-Columbian art form, Ottomi art originates in Mayan culture and was first used for documenting daily life. As time progressed, amate paper craft in Mexico developed into a more contemporary way of art, of which, we see today from Octavio Fuentes.
Octavio elaborates these intricate drawings made with pen and ink depicting flowers, birds, deer or rabbits and every day stories from the community such as fishing, hunting and harvesting.
After the colonization of Mexico, the amate painting stopped everywhere except in an Otomi village located in Puebla, where they continued the tradition of drawing for ceremonial uses and agricultural rituals, home to Octavio Fuentes.
Exhibits and collaborations:
2005-2008 Various collaborations (artistic pieces) with DUPUIS, an interior decorating company in Mexico City.
2007-2009 Various collaborations with the company El Lunar interior decorator house in the city of Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico.
2016 Special collaboration with the delivery of Amate Paper canvases at the Hacienda de los Morales located in Mexico City.
2018 Special collaboration with the delivery of personalized Amate Paper canvases with paintings, at the Hacienda de los Morales located in Mexico City.
2017 Special collaboration with artist, engraver, sculptor and painter Jorge Yazpik, in the realization of small personalized canvases of Papel amate, for an art exhibition held at the Museo de Papel de Capellades in Spain.
2018 Special collaboration with the Bank of Mexico, in the elaboration of personalized Amate Paper canvases with the inlay of banknotes in confetti format, a material used by 34 artists, who participated in the ART / BILL / MACULATURE / REFINES / DESIGN exhibition. Artist's book, in Mexico City.
2020 Special collaboration with artist, engraver, sculptor and painter Jorge Yazpik, in the realization of small personalized canvases of Amate paper, for an art exhibition held at the Federico Silva Contemporary Sculpture Museum in San Luis Potosí Mexico.
2020 Special collaboration with Photographer Gaal Cohen in the Witnesses Exhibition project held at the Raul Anguiano Art Museum (Mura) in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. And at the Museum of the Americas in the United States.