Metepec Trees of Life

The city of Metepec in Mexico is famous for its elaborate trees of life, such as the Nacimiento Arbol by Tiburcio Soteno shown at the left. There are many Mexican folk art families in Metepec who are well-known for these elaborate clay creations, and the Soteno family is among the best. When young, Tiburcio Soteno learned the craft from his family and he has spent years refining the techniques and creating more and more finely detailed pieces.

Other Mexican folk artists in Metepec create crosses, wreaths, suns and a variety of clay pieces decorated with intricate flowers and leaves. Some are even known for their miniatures.

In front of Soteno's piece on the left are four small figures by Josefina Aguilar.