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zócalo galería – is the best Mexican Folk Art gallery in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán. Through our efforts and passion for Mexico, zócalo folk art can offer the Finest in Contemporary Mexican Folk Art, Vintage Folk Art, Masks, Jewelry, Antiques, and Art (paintings, photographs, graphics, etc.) that Mexico has to offer. We are located in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, on Lerín 23, a few steps from the Once Patios.

Zócalo Folk Art & Tours offers one-of-a-kind cultural tours in Mexico. Unlike other tours, we offer small, intimate tours that open doors that others cannot.

“All items in our collection are hand-selected as we comb the country’s villages, markets, and concursos (artisan competitions), looking for the finest examples produced by the best Mexican artists and unusual, one-of-a-kind pieces. We have lifelong friendships with the artisans we work with, allowing us to acquire the best of their creations. We work with private collectors and museums and possess the expertise to work with designers, architects, and retailers on the wholesale level in purchasing folk art and developing special pieces for unique situations”.

Rick began his adventure with Mexico at age six, traveling by car with his parents and brother to the most remote areas of Mexico, learning about the country he would later adopt as his home. His lifelong quest for knowledge of Mexico, the Spanish language, and the acquisition of Folk Art continues today. He continually fosters and strengthens friendships with the artisans and their families he has known since childhood. Rick has been the founder of various Folk Art venues, including zócalo in Houston, Texas and zócalo folk art in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, and zócalo arte popular in Pátzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico. He also collaborates with his family’s business, Rose Ann Hall Designs.

zócalo and the artisans of México have been involved in various projects over the years, including the cover of House & Garden magazine with the pottery of Michoacán and the remake of a home on OPRAH, which resulted in the sales of over 300 glazed Clay Pineapples for one artisan. More recently, I worked with the White House designer for President Obama’s State Dinner, given at the White House for Mexican President Calderón, at which glazed Clay Pineapples from Michoacán and Woven Baskets from the state of México were prominently used to decorate the dining venue. Rick was also one of the beginning proponents of the Barro Sin Plomo or Lead-Free Clay projects in Mexico. Rick has also been a judge in various concursos (juried shows in Mexico).

We possess a wealth of knowledge of Mexican Folk Art, Textiles, Dance Masks, Antiques, and Graphic Art, as well as our understanding and appreciation of Mexican customs and traditions.

Our unique collaboration makes for one of the world’s finest and most inclusive collections of Mexican Folk Art.

“We invite you to visit our private gallery and extensive collections when visiting Pátzcuaro, Michoacán.”