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Rigoberto Navarro

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Stone sculpture bridging a traditional & contemporary style.

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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 September 25, 2019

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Photos of Rigoberto Navarro

Rigoberto chats with a fan during an exhibition in San Antonio Tlayacapán.

Rigoberto chats with a fan during an exhibition in San Antonio Tlayacapán.

'Tortuga'(Turtle) Grey cantera. 14 kg, 55x35cm.

"Tortuga"(Turtle) Grey cantera. 14 kg, 55x35cm.

Detail of 'Tortuga.'

Detail of "Tortuga."

'Vaquita' (Little Heifer) Onyx. 10 kg, 27x20cm.

"Vaquita" (Little Heifer) Onyx. 10 kg, 27x20cm.

'Esfera' (Sphere) Grey cantera. 26kg.

"Esfera" (Sphere) Grey cantera. 26kg.

'Esfera' From another angle.

"Esfera" From another angle.

'Ventanas' (Windows) Orange cantera. 8 kg, 38x32cm.

"Ventanas" (Windows) Orange cantera. 8 kg, 38x32cm.

Exhibition-goers browse Rigoberto's sculptures at at Ol-lin Vegan in San Antonio Tlayacapan.

Exhibition-goers browse Rigoberto's sculptures at Ol-lin Vegan in San Antonio Tlayacapan.

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'Guerrero Águila' (Eagle Warrior) Yellow cantera. 15 kg, 37x67 cm.

"Guerrero Águila" (Eagle Warrior) Yellow cantera. 15 kg, 37x67 cm.

Rigoberto shows the inside of one of his sculptures to a potential customer.

Rigoberto shows the inside of one of his sculptures to a potential customer.

'Dragón Rojo' (Red Dragon)

"Dragón Rojo" (Red Dragon)

'Espantapájaros' (Scarecrow) Local stone from Ajijic. 11 kg, 32x35cm.

"Espantapájaros" (Scarecrow) Local stone from Ajijic. 11 kg, 32x35cm.

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Dance of the Little Old Men

Dance of the Little Old Men

A boy in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, performs La Danza de los Viejitos, the Dance of the Little Old Men, a traditional dance from Michoacan.

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'Rosa' (Rose) Pink cantera. 27kg.

"Rosa" (Rose) Pink cantera. 27kg.

Detail of 'Rosa.'

Detail of "Rosa."

A man looks over some of Rigoberto's work.

A man looks over some of Rigoberto's work.

'El Portal'

"El Portal"

'Nido de Ave' (Bird's Nest) Yellow cantera.

"Nido de Ave" (Bird's Nest) Yellow cantera.

'El Velocista' (The Sprinter) Yellow cantera. 12 kg, 40x32cm.

"El Velocista" (The Sprinter) Yellow cantera. 12 kg, 40x32cm.

'Drilo' Grey cantera.

"Drilo" Grey cantera.

'Uber' Yellow cantera. 20 kg, 65x50cm.

"Uber" Yellow cantera. 20 kg, 65x50cm.

Detail of 'Uber.'

Detail of "Uber."

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'Alada' (Winged) Grey cantera. 14 kg. 45x42cm.

"Alada" (Winged) Grey cantera. 14 kg. 45x42cm.

'Artefacto' (Artifact)

"Artefacto" (Artifact)

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'Glotón de Estrellas' (Glutton of Stars)

"Glotón de Estrellas" (Glutton of Stars)

'Máscara' (Mask) Local rock from San Juan Cosalá. 12 kg. 30x40cm.

"Máscara" (Mask) Local rock from San Juan Cosalá. 12 kg. 30x40cm.

Another view of 'Máscara.'

Another view of "Máscara."

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Kids pose as marionettes on a moving float during the New Year's Day parade in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

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Kids pretend to be living marionettes while riding on a moving float during the New Year’s Day parade in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

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'El Cometa' (The Comet)

"El Cometa" (The Comet)

'Prehispánico' Grey cantera.

"Prehispánico" Grey cantera.

Detail of 'Prehispánico.'

Detail of "Prehispánico."

'Magnético' (Magnetic) Local stone from Ajijic. 8.5 kg, 25x28cm.

"Magnético" (Magnetic) Local stone from Ajijic. 8.5 kg, 25x28cm.

Detail of 'Magnético.'

Detail of "Magnético."

'Pichón Gordo' (Fat Pigeon)

"Pichón Gordo" (Fat Pigeon)

Sayaca during Fiesta de San Sebastián

Carnival & the Masked Sayacas of Ajijic

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Day of the Dead Skull Wall

Candlelit Skull Wall on the Day of the Dead

Hundreds of candles illuminate a wall of handmade clay skulls on la noche de muertos during the Day of the Dead in Ajijic, Mexico.

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