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Efrén Gonzalez

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Art gallery, frame shop & artist supply store run by an important figure in the local art community.

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Efrén Gonzalez is an Ajijic artist who has seen his career on the rise in the past five years with multiple international solo exhibitions.

He regularly holds charity art auctions in the plaza, raising money for local schools, programs or someone with expensive medical bills.

Visit his gallery at Marcos Castellanos #7 in Ajijic, where you can also get your artwork framed in the shop that he and his family run. You’ll also find art supplies such as paints, brushes, and canvases, as well as pre-made picture frames.

Efrén can also teach you how to paint in one of his plein air workshops.

Last updated April 26, 2019

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Marcos Castellanos #7

Ajijic

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Mon10:00am -2:00pm
Tue10:00am -2:00pm
Wed10:00am -2:00pm
Thu10:00am -2:00pm
Fri10:00am -2:00pm
Sat10:00am -2:00pm
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Phone

331-703-3942

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Photos of Efrén Gonzalez

Efrén Gonzalez at work on one of his paintings in 2010.

Efrén Gonzalez at work on one of his paintings in 2010.

Several times a year, Efrén holds a charity art auction in the Ajijic plaza to benefit a cause.

Several times a year, Efrén holds a charity art auction in the Ajijic plaza to benefit a cause.

One of the auctions underway. Free tequila is usually served to help get the bids rolling.

One of the auctions underway. Free tequila is usually served to help get the bids rolling.

One of Efren's pieces for sale during an auction in 2010.

One of Efren's pieces for sale during an auction in 2010.

Efrén has a few murals and sculptures on streets in Ajijic.

Efrén has a few murals and sculptures on streets in Ajijic.

Day of the Dead in the Ajijic Plaza

Ajijic is full of Day of the Dead celebrations, mostly centered around the cemetery and the main plaza. Altars and sawdust carpets are built on November 2 at the plaza and a wall with hundreds of terracota skulls and candles is illuminated across from the main church at 8 p.m.

The idea for this wall of terracotta skulls, seen here illuminated by hundreds of candles on the Day of the Dead, was planned and executed by Efrén Gonzalez.

The idea for this wall of terracotta skulls, seen here illuminated by hundreds of candles on the Day of the Dead, was planned and executed by Efrén Gonzalez. Each skull remembers a deceased town member, whose name is engraved on the base. The wall is across from church San Andrés on Marcos Castellanos street and is lit each November 2. In 2019, the candles will start to be lit at 8 p.m.

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