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Juan Ríos Martínez was born in 1930, and given the Huichol name Taurri Mutuani, or "Painted Red". He became a devotee of the kieri at an early age and was renowned for his ability to play the violin. By the age of 9, he was known and acclaimed throughout the Huichol communities by their greatest musicians and began playing his music at ceremonies.

His paintings are bold and he fills spaces with large, sensuously curved figures that express the physical experience of both field labor and ritual disciplines. The mythological context is humanized by a dramatic expression of emotion, which is not evident among other Huichol artists. He investigated the history of the great battles of the ancestors of the Huichol with the giants who first lived on this earth and who became predators of early humankind. To illustrate these stories he produced his yarn paintings in several 10 and 14 panel series.

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The Communication
of the Deer

Juan Ríos Martínez
1974
Size: 60 cm. x 60 cm.
Communion in Wirikuta
Juan Ríos Martínez
1973
1.22 m. x .81 m.
The Pilgrims are Barred From Entering the Holyland
Juan Ríos Martínez
1973
Size: 1.22 m x .89 m
The Head of Our Elder-Brother Blue Deer
Juan Ríos Martínez
1973
Size: 60cm. x 60cm.
 

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