Modern Art

The Dismemberment of Watákame - José Benítez Sánchez 1973
The Dismemberment of Watákame - José Benítez Sánchez, 1973

The rich imagery of modern Wixárika art, from the late 1950’s to present, was for many years most notable in their yarn-paintings depicting their mythology and cosmology. Occasionally some artists would create small beaded paintings. More recently, the traditional bead work has expanded and encompasses a variety of different objects covered with beads, while the traditional bracelets, necklaces, and earrings have evolved into much more elaborate designs. Today, creative explorations by Wixárika artists continue to evolve. For this reason, it is possible to find forms of art that seek a link with traditional objects, while others incorporate newer materials and mediums that retain traditional and mythological content.