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Imaginook's Cultural Heritage Innitiative - connecting old and new traditions in Art

Imaginook is happy to present the Fantastic Sacred Hearts and Mask Making Workshop with SF Bay Area artist Diego Marcial Rios.


During this engaging, hands-on workshop, you will learn about Mexican traditional culture and make Sacred Heart and/or a Mask. 

​Diego M. Rios is a great instructor with many years of experience and passion for Mexican Culture.

Price:  $60 per participant. All materials are provided and included in the price.

Recommended age: 12+ y.o., teens, adults.

Small group - 10 people.

In this workshop, you will learn a little bit about the fascinating history of Cartoneria in Mexico.

Do you know “Cartoneria” is the word for paper mache in Mexico?  First was invented in China (HAN-Dynasty –about 202 A.D.) and introduced to Mexico during Colonial Period (about 1600). After Pedro Linares started using paper mache to create new and interesting 3-D work in Mexico, it became a source of revival of media in the 1960s.

HEART (Sacred Heart)


Brief Historical Summary of the Sacred Heart/Milagros in Mexican Culture:

Milagros are religious folk charms used for healing purposes in Mexico, the southern USA, and areas of Latin America. They are frequently attached to altars, shrines, and sacred objects. Milagros come in a variety of shapes and sizes: gold, silver, wood, (paper mache), lead, bone, or even wax.  


Milagros or “ Miracles'' are part of a religious act or act of devotion.  Milagros can be offered to a symbol of a saint as a reminder of someone's particular need or in gratitude for a prayer answered.  They are used to focus attention on specific ailments based on the charm used. Milagros' symbolism is not universal. A Heart might represent a heart condition or even romance. 

The heart symbol remains popular in Mexican folk and “fine art”, from the 1600s to the present time.

Heart shapes often carved out of wood are commonly used to pin tin Milagro charms. 



Images are courtesy of Diego M.Rios


Diego Marcial Rios lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and paints in acrylics. He graduated with honors with an M.A./M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Department of Fine Arts Graduate School and a B.F.A. from University of California at Berkeley. Diego has a C.L.P. from the University of San Francisco. He received a number of fellowships for his Academic study. His artwork illustrates many complex social-economic issues faced by contemporary society. 

Diego Marcial Rios' fine art has been included in more than 500 exhibitions from Japan to Bulgaria. He is in a number of Museum Collections: The Auchenbach Foundation Collection at the Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon; Laguna Beach Museum, Laguna Beach, CA.; Museo National De La Estampa, Mexico City, Mexico, etc.. 

He has also illustrated a number of books and his work is part of a number of Public Collections: Harriet Taubman Gallery, MD; Mission Cultural Center, SF; Irish Arts Council, Belfast, Ireland and many more. He has appeared as a speaker on Art and been interviewed on Television and Radio. His artwork has been included in many magazines. Diego has been a recent guest speaker at UC Merced, St. Mary’s College,  San Jose State University, De Anza College.

Sacred Heart and Mask Making Workshop
with Diego Marcial Rios

adults, teens, 12+ y.o.

Saturday, May 7, 2022

10 am - 12:30 pm

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