Agustin Cruz Tinoco



The hand-carved wooden figures that have brought Agustín national recognition begin as blank pieces of pine, cedar, or mahogany wood. Agustín has been carving since childhood and has received awards in various state and national folk art competitions for his carved wooden pieces.

He seeks to understand and exploit the natural forms and qualities of the wood. He then uses various knives, files, agave thorns, and needles to shape his brightly-painted and intricately-detailed jaguar boxes, religious figures, altarpieces, and nativity scenes. Both his son and daughter are carrying on their father’s tradition – Manuel, skilled in carving, and Edilma, skilled in the painting of carvings.

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