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Born in Ocumicho, Michoacan on December 3, 1986, Adelida grew up playing with clay, but began producing serious pieces for art markets and competitions when she was 15 years old. As the daughter of well-known Ocumicho sculptor, Tomasa Gonzales, Adelida comes from a long line of artisans, has mastered techniques, and enjoys the patience necessary for completing high quality work. She has won several competitions, and creates small and large scale pieces.

I first met Adelida Pascual after hours spent at the home of Tomasa Gonzales, looking through thousands of pieces in her studio. I was desperately seeking Christmas Ornaments for my online gallery, and Tomasa had none in stock. She signaled me to follow her down the hill and around the corner, where she introduced me to her daughter. Adelida welcomed me to her home, and we spent about an hour looking through her fantastic collection, which included nativity scenes, angel sculptures and plenty of large-scale and very whimsical pieces.

The Mexican sense of humor is evidenced in many alburs, which can border on rude to offensive, depending on how seriously one takes life, and the artwork of Ocumicho is no exception. Pictured here, we have a couple with a Chili Pepper plant. One well-known albur in Mexico makes reference to chili's representing male sex organs - which gives a humorous spin on this scene! I collected this piece in October 2021 on my second visit to Adelida Pascual's home.

Undoubtedly the most controversial and potentially confrontational piece I have collected to date, was a nativity of Devils!  Each piece is a whistle, with all, including the baby, celebrating the Devil. Ocumicho is known for their devil sculptures, or Diablitos, and while this piece certainly raises some eyebrows, it also attracts a lot of laughs. Also important to note is that Adelida Pascual is a devout Christian, like most of the residents of the conservative village of Ocumicho.


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