Artist Profiles


Nancy Barragan Bautista, Federico Jimenez


Western Hemisphere




Museo Belber Jimenez



Medium of Work:

Silver filigree jewelry

Year(s) Attended:

Santa Fe: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018


Oaxacan filigree silver jewelry is distinctive for its incredibly delicate, ornate design, which places this regional Mexican artform in its own totally unique, widely celebrated category. Oaxacan artisan Nancy Barragan Bautista was born into a dynasty of fine jewelers. Her father Abel was a renowned master of the craft, who taught his daughter the art of Oaxacan jewelry craft with traditionally meticulous techniques.

Many of the earrings made by Barragan Bautista feature depictions of finely articulated flowers or birds, coupled with gently abstracted elements, and sometimes complemented with colorful stones. All of her artwork belies intense concentration and a deep reverence for her craft. Silver filigree was introduced by the Spanish in the sixteenth century. Over hundreds of years, however, indigenous Oaxacan artisans introduced their own cultural traditions, forging a mesmerizing blend of old European styles with regional influence. Though in ages past, filigree jewelry was reserved for special occasions, today its unique beauty appeals to a broad audience.

Barragan Bautista first was drawn to making her own creative impact at ten years old, when she began studiously watching her father create silver jewelry in his workshop. Little by little, she learned the intricacy of design and craftsmanship which distinguishes Oaxacan jewelry from other styles. Over decades, Barragan Bautista has created her own distinctively beautiful style, endearing her to customers not only in Mexico, but around the world.