Galeria Atotonilco – El Cortijo, Mexico - Atlas Obscura
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Galeria Atotonilco

El Cortijo, Mexico

Inside this gallery is amazing folk art from across Mexico.  

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The first thing visitors see when approaching this art gallery is the gorgeous country setting with stunning gardens and trees. The building itself, renovated from an abandoned furniture factory, is an architectural wonder. Inside the gallery is a huge variety of folk art, not just regional to the local area, but folk art from across Mexico. Each piece is a breathtaking visual treat.

The owner, Mayer Shacter, is passionate about supporting talented artists and their families and preserving the rich folk art traditions from across the region that are deeply rooted in pre-Hispanic history. Photographs of the artists are presented with each piece. Schacter and his wife Susan travel all over Mexico to meet artists and purchase their work.

Visitors will get the opportunity to view ceramics, baskets, lacquer, copper, wood carvings, masks, colonial-era, and country antiques, textiles, vintage photographs, folk paintings, and jewelry including hard-to-find vintage pieces from Taxco. The gallery also represents world-famous contemporary ceramic artist Gustavo Pérez. 

Know Before You Go

The gallery is open by appointment, so you must phone before you come. Call 415-153-5365 or 415-185-2225. Or e-mail ahead of your visit: mshacter@mac.com


Leave an hour and a half for your visit. There is a gorgeous country restaurant next door to the gallery, a World Heritage Site church a mile from the gallery, and thermal hot springs nearby. 

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