For us, we truly appreciate making our home warm and cozy with the handcrafted work of individual artists as opposed to mass produced items. These are some of the artists we have encountered most recently. We have had the pleasure of incorporating some piece of their work into our Cuenca home, which we are happy to share with you. Hence, we want to aid those people we appreciate, in getting a head start by promoting them here. We are not receiving any compensation or promotional gifts for listing them. They are here because we believe in their talents.
This list is also in print in our Cozy Colonial Cuenca Condo Directory with over 85 pages of information to make your stay the best possible.
Achik – Papel
Susy has delightful dolls, puppets, beaded jewelry, ceramic jewelry, lamps and much more that she was unable to transport to the art fair where we discovered her talents.
Address: Esquina de Juan Jaramillo y Hermano Miguel
Telephone: 098 318 1013
Amelia has delightful designs created with wire and other materials. The birds sculpture you see in our photo video is one of her pieces. If we would love to bring a piece back to Budapest.
Colibrí Diseño de Objetos
Artist Cristina Urgilés Martinez
Av. Pumapungo 3-60 y Paseo de los Cañaris
Facebook: Colibrí Diseño de Objetos (Not to be confused with similar names)
We discovered Cristina's work at CIDAP (Centro Interamericano de Artesanías y Artes Populares) and immediately knew we needed to have the piece to grace the bottom of our staircase wall. You can see the piece in our photo video here.
There is a young artist who generally sells his art pieces at the bottom of the Hermano Miguel stairs next to CIDAP Museum at 3 de Noviembre.
We wish we have better information about this artist, but we do not. We can say he makes some of the most complex braided and semi-precious stone jewelry we have ever seen. What really drew our attention the first time we discovered him were the handcrafted exquisite coasters he had spread out on a cloth. They were too beautiful to be ruined as coasters, so we bought six and had them framed. He has told us that he takes trips to Peru for long weekends, where he also sells this craft items.
The piece of jewelry we purchased is in the downstairs bathroom window. The coasters are on the wall in the bedroom area. Both can be viewed in our photo slideshow.
Address: Juan Jaramillo 9-41 entre Padre Aquirre y Benigno Malo
Mobile: 099-993-6392 or 0987499692
Garasa caught our attention with their timely T-shirts and aprons targeting Mother’s Day, which was the next day. There were more than a few that made us smile or laugh out loud. Their designs are original, many are in English and Spanish, but many of them are graphics that do not need Google Translator to give you a laugh. They have something for everyone, not just for moms and Mother’s Day.
Guido Márquez, Painter
Address: General Torres 7-33 y Presidente Córdova
Stall 031 interior (Ground floor)
We had read recommendations for Guido in Gringo Post, so we went to see his work. We really appreciated his abstracts, so we commissioned him to paint two original paintings for our living room wall. We wanted something that would brighten the room, yet maintain the essence of Ecuador’s culture.
Each phase during the process, Guido called us in to give our approval or to make changes. We are truly pleased with the Harpist and Dancer paintings, which can be viewed prominently in our living room photo in the slideshow.
Leonardo Villavicencio, Architect
Azuay 11-49 entre Juan José Peña y Olmedo
Although it may seem out of place to have an architect on this list, but we do. When looking at the living room photo, you will see a vertical wooden multi-colored art piece. this was created by Leonardo. As we have shopped around the city, we have discovered even more of this pieces, each different, but highly creative.
Ximena Montesinos Carrasco
Design and Illustration
Ximena has numerous lovely items, but we bought one of her decorated blank books to have in the condo as a place for guests to share their experiences.You can e-mail Mina Mona to find out where you can look over the offerings. There are some wonderful gift ideas that are easy to pack.
When you stay with us, please look for it on the shelf above the desk. Please write a note sharing something special you did or found in Cuenca.