Artist Profiles


Agustín Cruz Tinoco


Western Hemisphere




Carving (wood)

Medium of Work:

Oaxacan hand carved and painted figures

Year(s) Attended:

Arlington: 2017, 2018
Santa Fe: 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019


The hand carved wooden figures that have brought Agustín national recognition come from pine, cedar, or mahogany wood. Agustín has been carving since childhood and has received awards in various state and national folk art competitions for his carved wooden pieces.

He seeks to understand and exploit the natural forms and qualities of the wood. He then uses various knives, files, agave thorns, and needles to shape his brightly painted and intricately detailed jaguar boxes, religious figures, altarpieces, and nativity scenes.

Both his son and daughter continue to carry the family tradition – Manuel carves, and Edilma paints the woodcarvings.