The Mexican Folk Art of Casa de Los Venados

Mexican Folk Art, Casa de Los Venados

It’s still early days, but spending an hour perusing the Mexican folk art decorating the private home of John and Dorianne Venator in Valladolid is the highlight of our trip to Mexico so far. They don’t call it a house museum, to them it’s just home, but the couple graciously opens their doors to visitors every morning at 10:00 for guided tours of their house and extensive collection. All they ask in return is for visitors to make a voluntary donation to help local charities at the end of the tour.  

Mexican Folk Art, Casa de Los Venados

Images of Frida Kahlo (here with husband Diego Rivera) are seen throughout the house.

Mexican Folk Art, Casa de Los Venados

The style of these tile works by Daniel Rosel reminded us a bit of Van Gogh (above and below).

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And other pieces felt a little like Dali.

Mexican Folk Art Casa de Los Venados

Meanwhile, flying deer playing instruments is a style all its own.

Mexican Folk Art, Casa de Los Venados

Even the dinner table is artsy.

Casa de Los Venados

But the pool is just modern cool. 

Casa de Los Venados

With a touch of the irreverent.

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This is not Mexican folk art (I think).


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7 Comments on “The Mexican Folk Art of Casa de Los Venados”

  1. Marilyn Albright January 18, 2016 at 8:32 pm #

    Are you in Mexico now? Anywhere near Oaxaca…..? Great photos, especially #1. I love the folks sitting in the eye sockets.


    • Brian January 18, 2016 at 8:39 pm #

      We are indeed in Mexico now, but in Merdia for the next several days. We’re heading to Oaxaca in a couple of weeks or so.


  2. Les Petits Pas de Juls January 19, 2016 at 2:09 am #

    I had never heard of the place! I will definitely stop there when I’m back in Valladolid.
    Enjoy Merida (that’s where I live when I’m not in France!). If I may, here are a few advice on where to go while you’re there but I’m sure you’ll find other hidden treasures too!

    Have fun!


  3. Emily January 22, 2016 at 8:26 pm #

    Wonderful! We spent a few days in Valladolid but missed this wonderful home/museum. Thank you for sharing your photos. I hope we can get back one day to see this. Valladolid was one of our favorite cities in Mexico (so far!)


  4. Carolyn October 15, 2016 at 2:31 am #

    Your posts and photos are so fabulous that I want to visit all these places. What’s more, we probably will! Thanks


  5. wanderlustplusone November 10, 2016 at 5:59 pm #

    We’ve just come back fromValladolid and I’m so sad I missed visiting this house. It’s on the list for next time.


  6. تور ارمنستان July 15, 2017 at 4:31 am #

    Nice post. Thank you for the info. Keep it up.


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