Artist Profiles


Berta Servin Barriga


Western Hemisphere





Medium of Work:

Purépecha embroidered clothing and home accessories

Year(s) Attended:

Santa Fe: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018


For Mexico-based artist Barriga, embroidery extends far beyond a rote activity involving needle and thread. She uses colors and motifs that are traditional to central Mexico, but she also interprets the traditions and religious motifs of her surroundings with modern, honest creative expression.


Is this work influenced mostly by a strong Catholic faith, or by the ins and outs of everyday life? a legitimate question when viewing precisely configured textiles, which seem to draw from rural Mexican life, the influence of the church—and from broader, universal streams of thought. was born into an ethnic group of Purepecha people, who have long had a relationship with Catholicism, incorporating liturgical cycles into creative uses.


Barriga doesn’t stop at being an artist. She presides over a cooperative of fellow textile artisans, and she won numerous awards not only for her artistic abilities but also for her business acumen. artisans truly unique textiles, decorated with riotously colorful animals and birds, dazzling florals and other imagery of the natural world. Elsewhere, allegorical tales are woven literally and figuratively into the work, manifesting, for example, in one tapestry that depicts sacred rituals and life cycles, occupying various branches of a stylized tree.