Rigoberto Navarro is a talented stone sculptor from Ajijic, Mexico.
He selects the rock for his sculptures from the local hillside, as well as from sources in Guadalajara. He often uses cantera stone for his pieces, which is a volcanic rock found in Mexico and some places in Central America.
Cantera is a great material for carving and is often used in tiles and architecture in Mexico. It’s relatively lightweight compared to other rocks, so it happens to be easier to ship sculptures from Mexico abroad.
It’s the perfect material for Rigoberto to use for chiseling his stone creations of animals, fantasy creatures, and abstract shapes, which incorporate indigenous details and contemporary touches.
Rigoberto was born and raised in Ajijic and all of his immediate family is heavily involved with the charrería, Mexico’s unique version of the rodeo. But growing up, Rigoberto gravitated to art and eventually sculpture.
You can find his work throughout the year at many of the area’s festivals, such as the Mexican National Chili Cookoff. He also does regular exhibitions or you can contact him directly below to see or purchase his work.
Last updated August 11, 2019