Where Do You Find Great Mexican Style Art for Your Hacienda Style Home?

by THAT Painter Lady

Hacienda style homes can be filled with items purchased at local big box department stores. You will find metal candle sticks, painted pottery dishes and framed art available for a fairly reasonable price.

But… so can everyone else.  It takes work to create unique spaces. Using colorful paint, designing interesting floors with tile and customizing the drapes are all ideas that can be used to jazz up our spaces a bit.

What about the artwork? What type of art do you want on your walls.  Shouldn't you have things displayed that share your personality with others? Purchasing one of a kind art pieces does not have to be expensive.  It just takes patience and a keen eye for design. 

We were not disappointed with the shopping district in Rosarito, Baja, Mexico. Store after store are filled with custom iron, blown glass, talavera tile and my favorite… independent crafters.

mosaic-in-rosarito.jpgWe strayed of the main path and followed signs up the stairs to an out of the way shop.  Mario Rodriquez met us at the door with a smile, a hearty greeting (in English) and  then began instantly with a torrent of explanations about his work.

Here is a guy who uses the stuff that others are throwing away to make his craft.  This town is filled with tile and pottery stores, which leads to a ton of breakage.

 

Every shop owner piles these shards of ceramic "junk" into a box and Mario makes a weekly trek to pick up his supply of  "craft supplies". He takes these bits and pieces of color and works his magic making beautiful mosaics to sell in his little shop. He is so into the entrepreneurial spirit that he welcomes custom orders.

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His business name is Baja's Mosaic Spot and he describes his wok as – "A very unique twist of mosaic art… anything your heart desires we will do!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mosaic-sun.jpgOf course… I had to purchase a few items, I mean a girl has to support the arts doesn't she? 

The sun is cut out of wood with a jig saw, and painted with black acrylic paint.

The mosaic shards are grouted with cobalt blue grout and the sun face in the center is painted by hand. 

 

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This mask isn't as scary in life as it is in this photo.  The base of the mask is a broken roof tile, which always has a hole to attach to the roof, thus leaving a great place for Mario to attach a hanger.

The colors are so vibrant and the use of black grout really sets them off. The pattern used for the eyes is actually a very common tile pattern found in Rosarito tile shops. 

I had a wonderful shopping excursion in Rosarito, Baja, Mexico… can you tell?

Technorati Tags: Mosaic, craft, Rosarito, Mexico, Baja, shopping, home made, mexican art,

victor loza February 24, 2009 at 10:59 am

If you knew me, the last thing you would ever think was that I was gullible. I’ve owned a very successful computer consulting and training company for 20 years, worked for a law firm, and come from a family whose philosophy is, ‘Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear.”

I’m tenacious, do tons of research and have endless questions that I’m not shy about asking. So how did my husband and I get ourselves into trouble when we built a home in Mexico? Simple, we did not make sure that we had the right agent. Fortunately, it’s not to find the right agent as hard as it was 4 years ago when we moved to Mexico.

Rule #1: Find an agent that is a member of a reputable real estate organization. In our area of Rosarito and Ensenada that would be AMPI or APIR. It’s a small community and everyone knows who to work with.

If you are already working with an agent, ask them about their membership in one of these organizations. If they tell you they don’t belong because membership doesn’t mean anything, run, and run very fast. There is a reason why they are not members of any of the local Associations and you don’t want to be the person who finds out why.

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