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Moreno grew up visiting his grandmother stand in a large open market in Mexico City surrounded by piñatas, Judas figurines, wooden toys and many other crafts sold in there. These objects clearly impressed his young imagination and influenced his later work.
In 1950 Saulo Moreno attended the "San Carlos National Art Academy", where he learned artistic and commercial drawing. After a year, Saulo left the academy. He didn't had enough money for the tuition and felt the classes were boring and stiffed.
It took Saulo Moreno years of hard work to make himself a name but his perseverance and enormous talent paid him off.His art has been mentioned in books like "20 Centuries of Mexican Art" and many Folk Art scholars recognize him as one of the most outstanding artists in Mexico nowadays.
Moreno believes artists have to share their knowledge therefore he began teaching his technique in the 1980's.
Destiny took him to Tlalpujahua a small village in Michoacan where he met his wife and settled there with her. He has 5 children. The eldest, Mario Moreno, inherited his father talent and having the best teacher to learn from, has began his own journey into the art world.
The statuette's profile is defined by its steel wire structure; this first part of the alambroide's creation process is accomplished by bending, tangling and cutting the wire with pliers.
After the structure is made, engrudo soaked paper is glued to the wire until the final shape is achieved; when finished, the piece is sun-dried for two to seven days depending on its size.
Once dried, the piece is sanded until its surface is perfectly smooth. Next a white coating is applied to the figure and finally it is colored with acrylic paintings.
Saulo most outstanding work are the sculptures of chimerical animals such as dragons and realistic ones like fishes and roosters.His animals somehow resemble of Pedro Linares alebrijes. Saulo as Pedro grew up in the traditional Mexican markets surrounded by paper Judas and many other folk art styles. His work reflects what he has seen in his country throughout his life.
Saulo Moreno's workshop at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, Canada.