This year, at our second edition of Ondalinda, the Ondalinda Foundation was pleased to present, "Las Rutas de Nana Echeri" (The Roads of Mother Earth). This exclusive Purépecha art collection, gathered multi-disciplinary master pieces by several artists from the indigenous communities of Michoacán.  Most of the art pieces collected reflect the essence of the traditional Purépecha culture as well as the evolving contemporary art inspired by the aspect of a new generation of indigenous artists. The most thrilling and exciting aspects represented through their art are the connections between the indigenous roots and today's current social issues.

Using techniques of hyperrealism mixed with abstract concepts, their art reflects mainly the preservation of their indigenous roots and culture. For the first time, Ondalinda had the privilege to display an exclusive collection of art work from this new generation of artists merged with classic master pieces. All of the works in this exhibition were available for purchase, with proceeds going directly to the tribes.

At our 2017 edition, the Purépecha community received over 200,000 pesos (approx. 10,000 USD) through the sales of their artwork. These funds have allowed them to invest directly in the development of their communities, including educational programs, culture & art workshop for children, as well as a massive reforestation of their environment which has been illegally drilled throughout the years.

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More About the Purépecha

The Purépecha are a group of indigenous peoples who are centered in the Mexican state of Michoacán, residing in and around the Sierra Madre mountains. Their origins can be traced back to pre-colonial times, when the indigenous group controlled much of the state, along with portions of Guanajuato and Jalisco. The Purépecha suffered various attempts at conquest by the Aztec Empire, but the indigenous group was never subjected to Aztec rule. In spite of this, the Aztec maintained trade with the Purépecha, who were known for their excellent coppersmith skills.

Today, their population is over 175,000 people, many of whom seek to maintain strong connections with their ancient customs and traditions. In addition to the Spanish language spoken all throughout Mexico, the Purépecha also have their own indigenous language which is taught in local schools and spoken throughout several communities.

The Purépecha people are well known for creating colorful, decorative folk art, much of which consists of intriguing and intricate sculptures from the native clay in the region. Their works are often hand painted in vibrant colors, many of which combine traditional indigenous motifs with Christian beliefs. They are also well known for works inspired by Dia de los Muertos. The Purépecha creations aren't just limited to clay sculptures, the indigenous people are also known for their wooden craft, also hand painted in extraordinarily vivid colors.

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One-of-a-Kind Work by Carlito Dalceggio

At our second edition, Ondalinda was thrilled to welcome artist Carlito Dalceggio who created a one-of-a-kind painting live during our 2017 event. Very generously, Carlito has donated the full portion of proceeds from the sale of this painting to the Ondalinda Foundation in our efforts to support the Purépecha Community.

Carlito is a visionary nomadic free spirit multimedia rebel artist with a mission to uplift the human spirit and contribute to the universal light. His paintings are talismans, screams for peace and freedom. He is currently creating in New York in his studio Ritual Flesh at Mana Contemporary.