VIDEO: Sculptor Jorge del Toro Creates Mesoamerican Art to Honor His Ancestors

Source: Youtube video by​​ Polaris Castillo

Have you ever wondered where your ancestors came from?

Mexican sculptor, Jorge Del Toro, thinks about this every time he creates a new piece of art. 

Inspired by his culture and predecessors, Jorge focuses on developing beautiful Mesoamerican pieces which honor ancient pre-Hispanic tradition.

Jorge del Toro’s sculpture of Tlaloc, the Aztec god of rain. | Source: Polaris Castillo​​
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Jorge’s love for art began when he was about eleven years old. Although, he didn’t quite grasp the significance of art at the time, he still felt a strong desire to learn more about it.

Originally from Jalisco, Mexico, Jorge learned how to work with clay when he moved to Chapala.

Today he is mostly inspired by nature, which is why many of his pieces pay tribute to extinct animals and reptiles.

Passionate about creating works of art that feel organic, Jorge chooses to make his pieces by hand so they feel “as if they came from the Earth.”

In a special documentary-style interview produced by another Mexican artist, Polaris Castillo, viewers can follow along as Jorge creates a sculpture of Tlaloc, the Aztec supreme god of rain.

Video By: Polaris Castillo

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Mexican-American journalist, former national news producer, and graduate of Boston College and Columbia University School of Journalism. Her mission is to shed more light on the beauty and traditions of Mexican culture. This website is dedicated to her grandmothers, Tita Susana and Tita Lupita, who taught her to be proud of her heritage and to always remember where her ancestors came from.

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