Juan Valencia Villalobos


Ejemplar #9 Barrio La Magdalena
Uruapan. Michoacán
452 118 0845 celular WhatsApp
Facebook: Urhani Maque incrustado

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Juan Valencia Villalobos is a first generation artisan working in maque (lacquer ware) who lives and works in Uruapan, Michoacán. In 1984, he met the family of Maestra Francisca Tulais Urbina, and it was in her family workshop that he first encountered the craft of maque. Three years later, at her invitation, he apprenticed while attending school. He temporarily left his work with maque until the year 2000, when he was invited to return by Doña Ñpachia Tulais and her nieces, Lucina and Rosa Maria Tulais López. Since that time, his art has been a full time activity.

Uruapan in Michoacán is considered the cradle of maque together with other centers in Chiapas and Guerrero. Maque art flourished there long before European contact. Maque in Michoacán probably dates from between the 8th and 12th centuries, when a wave of cultural innovations appeared, along with metallurgy and a new ceramic style.

Maque is a decorative technique that consists of the application of natural each pigments and oils, extended uniformly with the palm of the hand on bowls, boxes and wooden trays. Upon drying, the piece becomes hardened and develops a beautiful, lustrous surface. The incrustado (incrustation) technique is applied to this surface, which is achieved by etching the desired design with a knife or sharp utensil on the lacquered surface of the object before it is completely dry. The final step is to etch out the places in the design which are to be a different color, and to fill in these areas with the new colors. The piece must dry for several days between color changes.

In 2011, Juan was invited by the Secretary de Cultura Michoacán to give a maque workshop in the community of Periban de Ramos Michoacán, where he continues teaching to this day. Juan's unique style has garnered him many awards including: Premio Especial (Special Award) Concurso Regional de Maque en Uruapan 2016, Premio Especial (Special Award) en el Concurso Domingo de Ramos en Uruapan 2017 and Second Place at Domingo de Ramos en Uruapan 2018.  


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La Feria no asume ninguna responsabilidad por cualquier venta realizada a través del uso de nuestro sitio web. Las transacciones deben realizarse entre el comprador y el artesano directamente. En el caso de que surja un problema de idioma, en el que el comprador y/o el artesano necesiten ayuda, la Feria se reserva el derecho de acordar la asistencia para facilitar la venta. La información publicada en el sitio web de la Feria ha sido proporcionada por los artesanos y ha sido verificada de la mejor manera posible, sin embargo, no podemos garantizar que no haya errores o equivocaciones. Cuando se trata de artesanos, por favor, tenga paciencia. Además, le recomendamos que utilice los mensajes de texto de WhatsApp, ya que esto agilizará enormemente el proceso de la venta, ya que la mayoría de los artesanos no utilizan el correo electrónico.


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