We met our driver Homar Cruz, who was to become, after getting to know him, a special person to us. If you are ever in Patzcuaro, you can reach him at email@example.com or phone him at 044 434 1089752 or late night 434 3427858.
|note the sign “waiting for the perfect man.”
|Juan Torres’ wife on the left
We met his wife and two other artists who were busy making the Catrinas. The detail and quality in each of the pieces were awe-inspiring. I truly wanted one of the Catrina’s on horseback, but they had been sold. Our driver, Homar tried his best to convince them to sell one of them but to no avail.
Walking around the grounds of the hacienda was a delight and surprise everywhere you turned. Juan Torres had made sculptures, which he placed, all over the grounds of the hacienda, each one different and unique.
We returned to the workshop/gallery where we were pleasantly surprised by Juan’s arrival. He kindly asked us to view his art studio. What an amazing space for him to create his masterpieces. After viewing all his work, he then invited us to his home. Each room had a differently decorated fireplace, and one room housed a grand piano and nothing else. We wished we could have taken pictures, but it would have been extremely rude to do so. We felt very fortunate to have been invited into his studio and home and realized that if we had been with a tour (40 people) that this would never have happened.
|old church which is now an art gallery
|front of the church
|view of the workshop at the front of the property
|Juan Torres’ studio
|artist at right with his self-portrait and another painting
Our next stop was the town of Capula where we had a nice lunch at the only place in town to eat, a taco stand. It was good food. We shopped for a bit and found a Catrina that I liked but it was not the same quality as the artist’s.