From vibrant street art to cool sculptures, one of the things that we love about Mexico is its abundant art. Mexico is, in fact, full of artistic treasures for everyone to enjoy. Sculptures can be found in the museums, galleries and streets throughout the country. Art and culture is clearly high on the agenda in Mexico. Here, we have chosen a gallery of our favourite Mexican sculptures. It’s a pretty random selection. In fact, it’s just a mixed bag of sculptures that we have come across on our many trips to Mexico. We know a little about some of the sculptors and others we don’t. In most cases, we simply enjoyed the aesthetic of each of the pieces. Hope you enjoy our pick of Mexican sculptures!
San Miguel de Allende
This little devil was one of the exhibits at the Museo de Esquina (Toy Museum) in San Miguel de Allende. It’s a great museum which is full of colour and lots of engaging exhibits. The city draws artists from all over Mexico and, indeed, overseas for its stunning light. It is home to a wide range of galleries, along with studios and workshops.
Las Pozas, Xilitla
Las Pozas in Xilitla is a jungle wonderland and was the vision of surrealist artist, Edward James. Located high in the mountains, it’s full of sculptures together with hidden trails, secret doorways and waterfalls. Despite it being a long bus ride from the city of San Luis Potosi, it was nevertheless worth the journey.
Alejandro Colunga is an artist/sculptor who was born in Guadalajara in 1948. Some of his work is on display at Colonia Centro in Guadalajara including several of his surreal bronze seat sculptures. Additionally, he also has a number of pieces on display at the malecon in the seaside city of Puerto Vallerta.
These fellows are located in the Instituto Cultural Cabanas in Guadalajara. Although we don’t know who the sculptor is, we were quite taken with them. Furthermore, within the grounds of the museum, there are murals painted by one of Mexico’s most acclaimed artists, Jose Clemente Orozo.
We found this little guy in the artisan’s village of Tonala, a place that is brimming with workshops and galleries. Sadly, we don’t know who the sculptor is, but we couldn’t help but be won over by the tiny whimsical character.
We loved this alien-like sculpture which we found while exploring Queretaro. The sculpture is by surrealist artist and novelist, Leonora Carrington (1917-2011). Carrington now has a museum dedicated to her in Xilitla, site of Las Pozas (above).
This statue of an Aztec dancer is located next to the Templo de San Franciso in the historic centre of Queretaro. Known as El Conchero, he is a member of the Chichimeca tribe. We walked past the dancer on numerous occasions whilst staying in Queretaro and never failed to be impressed by it.
The 3.5 mile long malecon of La Paz in Baja has an array of sculptures dotted along it. It’s a perfect place for a stroll or bike ride, especially in the evenings as the sun sinks over the Sea of Cortez. This sculpture of Jacques Cousteau was one of our favourites.
The Hands of Brotherhood were donated by sculptor Claudio Favier to the Chapel of Peace in Acapulco. They are located high on a hill in the chapel grounds. The sculpture overlooks the Bay of Acapulco.
This ancient Olmec stone head is on display at the superb Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. Seventeen of the heads sculpted by the Olmecs have been found in regions known to be inhabited by them.
Jorge Marin was born in 1963 and works with bronze and mixed metals to create mythical creatures and masked angels. We found this striking sculpture on Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City.