Menchaca Studio – Hippopotamus


Menchaca Studio (since 2010)
fiberglass with fine crystals beads / bronze tusks with a 14 karat gold bath
27.5 x 32 x 67 cm. / weight 15 kg.

1 in stock


Artist/Maker: Menchaca Studio (since 2010)

Object/Materials and Techniques:Fiberglass Sculpture decorated with Colourful Threads attached with Endemic Wax / Bronze Tusks with a 14 karat Gold Bath

Date: Created in 2019

Dimensions: H. 27.5 cm. x W. 32 cm. x L. 67 cm. / Weight 15 Kg.

Art style: Sculpture / Huichol Art / Modern Folk Art

Elaboration time: 9 months

Current Location: Artist’s collection in Mexico City

Curator’s note: ‘Transcend yourself into the mystic world of Menchaca Studio and the traditional stories of the Huichol culture.’

Praised for the opulent blend of the ancient Mexican spirit with the contemporary vision, Menchaca Studio consciously chooses to put in the spotlight the extremely mighty, both on land and in the water, hippopotamus (hippo), an animal that since ancient times holds powerful symbolic representation.

Hippo stands for being grounded and prompted by wisdom all through periods of calmness and abundance. Its ‘resting state’ is one of complete attentiveness and alertness since it observes the surrounded environment and reacts only when is warranted or necessary. Its immense scale and wild nature, in accordance with the timeless link with fertility, all contribute to its potent symbolism.

Within this framework, Menchaca Studio Hippopotamus, as a genuine artwork of the ancient Huichol tribe, via its consecrated character, emerges from within achieving a strong bond between the reality and the divine. Despite its small size, the animal sculpture in intense action, so dominant in shape and deceptively sensational in appearance, looks like a marvel to behold in the wild. Along through its vibrant fine crystal threads and intricate motif details, it contracts everlasting cultural traditions that interweave with the ancient symbology of the millenary Huichol art.

In the same way to the entirety of Menchaca Studio’s total output, so too the fiberglass Hippopotamus statuette is conceived and handcrafted in collaboration with a special selected group of artisans, members of the pre-conquest community of native Huichol Indians of Mexico’s remote Sierra Madre Occidental region whose culture has survived through thousands of years. By means of a process in which it communicates with the ‘spiritual world’ of Huicholes, it powerfully embodies their immortal culture, passion, belief and profound knowledge with regards to nature, history and cosmology.

Capitalizing on the distinguishing technique of Huichol Art that draws upon both the bead by bead embedding onto endemic wax covering and the powerful symbolism of pattern and imagery, the Menchaca Studio authentic Huichol fiberglass Hippopotamus sculpture mines a tradition of artistry and elaborate craftsmanship. It further combines bronze tusks with a 14 karat gold bath and a vibrant colour pallet to form a striking mosaic that exerts a magical attraction captivating the observer at once.

It surely is the team work of Menchaca Studio creators and artisans which has given a highly contemporary interpretation to the long-established genre of Huichol art that ancient artistic practices and modern aesthetics, all masterfully come across in suchlike one-of-a-kind unparalleled piece of sculpture. Thereupon, Menchaca Studio Hippopotamus, distinctive with a modernist take, effortlessly reveals a whole new impressive world of modern folk classiness.

Discover on the |’n Art| gallery online platform the Arts and Culture of Mexico through the handmade authentic works of Menchaca Studio, broadly acknowledged for their strong impact to the viewer, as masterfully are delivered by Huichol people.

Nelly Fili

Important Notation:

  • Most of these Indian Art pieces are exclusive and one-of-a-kind, made once in a lifetime, so if you desire to acquire any of the ones displayed on the |’n Art| gallery online platform do not hesitate to do it!
  • Each Menchaca Studio piece is totally unique. In that respect, the item that eventually will come into your possession may differ slightly from the item pictured.
  •  With strong commitment, since its inception, towards encouraging and promoting Social Contribution & Cultural Elevation Initiatives, around the globe, it is with deep respect and honour that |’n Art| collaborates with such groups of artists, as the renowned Menchaca Studio, that significantly contributes to cultural heritage preservation.

In this case, |’n Art| aims to provide a constant source of income to artisans in order to promote economic development in different Mexican regions and encourage the survival of this ancient sacred culture.

Making a purchase on the |’n Art| gallery online platform you are directly supporting a community, a group or a family of Mexican artisans that struggle to maintain alive the millenary Mexican heritage.

  •  Custom orders may be placed.
  • All Menchaca Studio creations are delivered with a certificate of authenticity.


We kindly invite you to become an integral part of this special art display and interaction that unfolds a whole new field for art collecting and gift giving.

Nelly Fili


Additional information

Weight 15 kg
Dimensions 67 × 32 × 27.5 cm