Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Rodolfo Morales

image of Tres Mujeres con Perro via www.artnet.com

Morales is the second member of the Holy Trinity. He's officially considered a Mexican surrealist, but he worked in various media, mostly oils, but also photography, ceramics, collage, and weaving, among others. He single-handedly revived the village of Ocotlan after becoming well-known as an artist, establishing the Rodolfo Morales Cultural Foundation to restore local churches and set up classes for students in literacy and computers. His house, a five minute walk from the marketplace and the cathedral, is now the center of the foundation's activities while the convent next to the cathedral has been restored as a museum.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Our apartment in Oaxaca

We rented a lovely apartment in the Jalatlaco barrio just on the other side of Calzada Republica. It was far enough away from the zocalo to be very quiet even on the nights when the Guelaguetza festival was at its height but only ten minutes from Santo Domingo and even closer to what became my favorite area, the Paseo Juarez "El Llano," a park that was always lively and full of families and walkers and no tourists.

We really got into the rhythm of Oaxacan life, staying up late, sleeping late, having a leisurely breakfast, and taking a nice siesta in mid-afternoon!