Mexican Folk Art: Brian Barabe’s Collection
Brian Barabe is an active member of the Xico board of directors, a semi-retired Spanish teacher and a community advocate. He also has an extensive collection of Mexican art. We are excited to share a few photos and stories from Brian’s amazing collection with you today (and we hope to feature more of the private art collections in the area soon). Photo credits go, as always, to the amazing Kelly Peterson. It was on a trip to Mexico in 1987 that Brian met Rafael Garcia Gonzales in Pátzcuaro. Rafael is a painter who uses paint and gold leaf to decorate
copper objects. Brian also met Felipe Horta Tera, a maskmaker, on that same trip. Since 1992, these two have spent a month in Arizona with Brian selling their artwork. Brian has also developed a successful business, (Puroarte.com) importing and selling Mexican art. But he doesn’t sell all the pieces that he finds, and the photos below show just a few of the pieces Brian has been moved to collect over the years. Click any of the images for a larger view.