Art Tour San miguel de allende

We will take you to art studios and galleries in San Miguel de Allende to meet the artists and get to find out their artistic process

Nelly Lorenzo

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Nelly Lorenzo is a renowned artist in San Miguel de Allende, city that she pick to live and work.

Through the years Nelly has improve and develop her technique thanks to the constant art work both independent and with artisan women. This improve is reflected in her pieces which are made with different techniques and materials. That's why every piece creates and harmonious atmosphere in every space they are.

Most of the artist work is made in her studio located at the Fábrica La Aurora. This work is inspired by the nature and mexican folklore.

"In order to create my pieces I mainly use two techniques; The off-loom waving technique and the vertical loom waving technique. These techniques has been used since ancient times to create both utilitarian and decorative pieces. These pieces represent the work and dedication of artist women."

Nelly Lorenzo


Lena Bartula

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A visual artist for more than thirty-five years, Lena Bartula moved from Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2004 to Mexico, where she lives and works full time in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. Her repertoire includes painting, installation, printmaking, constructions, book arts and mixed media. Her art often combines imagery and pattern, textured layers, and words or letters in English or Spanish, inspired by her own poetry or that of other writers. The huipil, an indigenous blouse in the Mesoamerican tradition, called her attention to the ‘why’ of writing one’s personal and collective history in symbols. Out of this was born a series of contemporary huipils, a  tribute to women whose voices and visions have historically been silenced or suppressed.  As a conceptual artist, she creates most of her work from an original idea, and after much deliberation and research, chooses her materials and techniques accordingly. The relationship of words, like text and textile, are instrumental in formulating ideas, and although technically she is neither weaver nor papermaker, these traditional crafts play a major role in her work on this series. Sewing has become a method of ‘weaving together’ ideas, and Bartula has been known to stitch disparate materials such as leaves, maps, plastic and cornhusks.

She considers art-making as a way to speak of beauty, truth, spirit, joy, pain, justice, everything that this human life entails.  Her works are shown in museums and galleries, in her San Miguel studio/gallery, and are found in collections in France, Italy, U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada and Mexico.


Patricia Robles

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Patricia came to San Miguel in 1977 and started weaving decorating fabrics, then in Bellas Artes Institute of San Miguel she learned how to weave on a loom, at that time there was a lot of textile artist around the world, since then she has been weaving, she is a loom teacher in Nigromante (Bellas Artes) for 5 years, she has done scenographies, monumental textiles for hotel lobbies, special orders for architects. She has made 15 solo exhibitions throughout the republic and about 35 group exhibitions, has exhibited in museums at the Museum of Huipiles and Ancient Costumes in Mexico City and created a Textile Art Workshop in Malinalco Edo. from Mexico.

Graciela Arroyo

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Graciela Arroyo graduated from the Bachelor of Visual Arts at the University of Buenos Aires, and studied fashion design and pattern design at the Atelier of Laura Reyes and Bárbara Porter. For 10 years now the designer has proposed to promote national textile art with two collections: Contemporary Maya and Modern Goddess.

The singular characteristic of Graciela is that it does not take up the roots of ancient Mexico to achieve a bad adaptation in current trends, but that its proposal is a proposal between the symbiosis between the past and the present. It takes on unique pieces such as the huipil, the rebozo and the fabrics used in indigenous textiles to create contemporary pieces inspired by the lifestyle of today's women. For example, his series of crop tops embroidered by hand and with a creative process carried out in one of the magical towns of Mexico.

Ana Rivera