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After an impressive academic and cultural career in Mexico City, Saulo turned his back on university politics and urban life after the death of his wife of 30 years from cancer. He then moved to a (very) remote village near the Estado de México/Michoacán state line, remarried, started a family late in life and has remained in the mountains ever since. Rick and myself are among the few (Mexican or otherwise) who have visited Saulo regularly at home, others include author, Chloë Sayer, and Rocky Behr, owner of The Folk Tree in Pasadena, California. I will simply state that this family is living in the most primitive and poorest conditions we have ever witnessed. That being said, Saulo Moreno is a scholar, a true artistic genius, slightly reclusive, and above all eccentric.
I share the following rare quote discovered on a Mexican website
Wire and paper are the chosen materials of Saulo Moreno, who devotes himself
chiefly to the theme of death and regeneration. He was speaking for many
of his contemporaries when he gave his views in a recent interview. "It
might seem simplistic to say that we are descended from a race of artists,
but as Mexicans we definitely feel a need to express ourselves. High art
is exhibited in galleries, so people approach it with awe...But I think
more respect should be given to the "arts of people". Authentic
popular art is the work of individual creators: the time for anonymity
has passed. We need to rid ourselves of the idea that artesanía
(craftwork) should be anonymous and its creators nameless"
Some of the best documentation of Saulo's work appears in the annually published calendar by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Work. Excellent photos appear for the months of January, February, and May 2002. Available on Amazon.com and he will surely be included again in the 2003 Calendar.
There are many more stories that I could tell of Saulo's disdain for the politics of art, the museums and academia, but hopefully this glimpse is enough to intrigue one to further investigate this unique man and his most-original work. As for Rick and I, Saulo is one of our favorite people in the world.
Update as of November 2007: