Saulo Moreno
Wire Structured Papier Mache Sculptures

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Life and Work
Saulo Moreno Hernandez was born in Mexico City on April 28th 1933. From an early age he began making toys and figurines from wire, paper and wooden leftovers; he refers to these crafts as an occupational therapy that helped him through tough times.

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.

Saulo Moreno at Gardiner Museum

Moreno traveled around the country working on labeling walls until he got tired and decided to go back to his hometown and pursue his artistic vocation.

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.

Saulo Moreno at Niagara Falls

Even though Saulo Moreno is recognized internationally for his amazing talent and creativity he often says he doesn't charge like an artist because he would feel as if he was stealing, and that all he wants, is for people to be happy when they see his sculptures.

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 Alambriode Technique
The Alambroide technique created and named by Saulo Moreno could be translated as:
Wire structured papier mache sculptures.

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.

Mario Moreno bending wire

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.

Saulo Moreno at home

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.

Mario Moreno painting

The Themes
Saulo Moreno makes calaveritas, skeletons portrayed alive doing human things, such as playing an instrument, riding a bike or flirting; an admirer of Jose Guadalupe Posada, he uses the intimate and humorist way Mexicans face up with death on his artwork.

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.

Awards, Exhibitions and Workshops
Saulo Moreno has exhibited his work and given workshops in museums and art galleries in Mexico, USA, Canada, England, France and Japan and received the Folk Art National award in the Papier Mache specialty.

Saulo Moreno at Gardiner Museum

Saulo Moreno's workshop at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, Canada.

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