Cesar Menchaca, is the founder and head of Menchaca Studio, one of the most important groups promoting Huichol Art in México and abroad, founded in 2010.
Cesar Menchaca, forced both by his passion and immense love for Mexican art, invited a group of Huichol artisans and founded the Menchaca Studio, standing up to his vision regarding the spreading and expansion around the globe of the particularity and special beauty of Huichol art.
The brought out handcrafted authentic creations, embodied with various tiny fine crystals beads, reveal the visions of Huichol shamans, Huichol history and mythology, and constitute the continuation of a variation of ritual arts, long practiced by the Huicholes. Today, the outcome of this art production leads up to an enormous support to Huichol communities preserving and promoting, simultaneously, the Mexican art.
The artworks of Menchaca Studio, constantly, are becoming part of important collections in Mexico and abroad, are exhibited in several museums in Mexico and USA, and are traded in numerous respectful auctions. They are displayed in very influential venues around the world including luxurious hotel chains such as: Fairmont Hotels in Canada, InterContinental Hotels in Mexico, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, etc.
Furthermore, in collaboration with established international brands, important Huichol art adaptations have been made onto designated pieces. Worthy of notice is the cooperation with:
– Johnny Walker, creating a limited edition set of fine crystals beaded whiskey bottles decorated with Huichol art
– 5 Corum Watches, employing Huichol art on limited edition fine products.
Moreover, Menchaca Studio is issued with the Huichol art decoration of several racing cars for Mexico City’s Formula One Grand Prix, as well as with its application on helmets for the NFL.
The Longines Global Champions Tour of México has also been accompanied with astonishing Huichol art horse sculptures made by the Menchaca Studio while the Champion’s Belt of the World Boxing Council bears the Menchaca Studio signature, as well.
Of great importance is the monumental jaguar exhibition that will take place in Germany this year, representing and reflecting the significance of one of the most enduring symbols in ancient Mexican culture.
Hence, exhibited globally in various interesting art scenarios, the income of the sales of the artworks of Menchaca Studio have succeeded in contributing greatly to the development of the Huichol communities in a very substantial way allowing their members to feel proud of their work.
– Huichol Art: The Sierra Madre Occidental, a mountainous region in central and northwest Mexico, is home to the Huicholes, a millenary cultural group of native Mexican Indians whose culture has survived through thousands of years.
In these territories, they have been embracing their beliefs, hidden from the modern world. Their cosmological vision holds on to laws that keep the universe in equilibrium and define the purpose of human existence on earth.
It is a privilege to see and enjoy the Huicholes through their art and a way to better understand and learn about them. It is amazing to see the way they place fine crystals beads to sculptures, making the most beautiful and colorful designs bead by bead, achieving pieces of high quality and aestheticism.
The iconography in their artworks reflects some of their most important beliefs, gods, elements and traditions.
➞ Fire represents the main god, the ruler.
➞ Sun is being dangerous and powerful.
➞ Deer, clever and magical, imbues sexual passion.
➞ Peyote, a small cactus plant that contains psychoactive hallucinogenic properties, is a major element of this culture as it allows the shaman or leader to speak with gods.
➞ Corn maintains a deep cultural symbol related to food and daily life.
All these elements are woven together in Huichol Art, a legacy of techniques and beliefs placed in the most beautiful and stunning sculptures.
Curator’s note: ‘Primordial symbols, eternal chronicles.’ Inspired and handcrafted in Mexico for connoisseurs worldwide.
The highly acclaimed artworks of Menchaca Studio are globally recognized for their fantastically intricate and spiritually significant application onto them, of the unique and highly creative Mexican art, known as Huichol art.
They are mainly produced by the Huichol people who, alone among the indigenous peoples of the mountains and canyons of Mexico, managed to maintain their pre-conquest religion, culture and traditions nearly intact.
From statement sculptural objects like skulls, down to a rich collection of enduring animal symbols of the Ancient Mexican culture, specially designed and customized in varied dimensions and fashioned from diverse fine crystals beads, they cater for many different tastes. Furthermore, always preserving the original symbols of Huicholes, they consciously choose to adopt new materials, like Swarovski crystals, and incorporate such new objects as Formula One Grand Prix racing cars, helmets or FIFA football game prizes, welcoming the audience to a whole new impressive world of modern folk classiness.
Expressed with communicable high spirit and energy, the pieces of Menchaca Studio reflect a profound knowledge of nature, history and civilization. In total accordance with the encoding and channeling of the stories and myths of the Huicholes, they embody their immortal ideals and their everlasting cultural beliefs.
Working closely with Huichol indigenous people, Cesar Menchaca, himself states: …every bead they place on a sculpture is full of history, love, accuracy and beauty…
In this sense, motifs, patterns, designs, symbols that date back centuries put forward a contemporary interpretation of Ancient Mexican creations of folk art whose transcendent artistry still vibrates with its brilliantly colorful beads and vivid imagery. So vigorous in symbolism and so vivacious in coloration, the creations of Menchaca Studio effortlessly magnetize the audience into their captivating world of mysticism and saga.
The graceful coherence of their morphological structure is like a descriptive narrative, like lyrics or emblems from the distant past that are as strong and echoing and forceful, as if they were generated and adorned today.
Deceptively sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect, having a timeless quality that inevitably thrusts themselves into attention, the bespoke pieces of Menchaca Studio are the distillation of the act of contacting inventively ancient art techniques and modern aesthetics.
Undoubtedly, they manage to record the sacred visions of Huichol people and insure the continuity and survival of their legacy while, at the same time, showcase sophisticated luxury and an elegant neo-Mexican appeal that turn them into a series of upper class, unique collectables and unparalleled contemporary objects of desire.