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Orlando Horta carves masks for the dance dramas performed in Michoacán and for collectors’ walls. His pride of craftsmanship is evident in the superior quality of his work.
Orlando Horta
Acclaimed mask-carver from Michoacán, Mexico, Orlando Horta is available to give demonstrations to school districts, museums, and community groups on Mexican maskcarving. Mr. Horta is featured in the CRIZMAC program, Jaguars, Mermaids and More: The Masks of Mexico.

Born and raised in Michoacán Mexico, Orlando Horta and his brother Hugo grew up surrounded by the work of their father Juan Horta, who was well-known for his maskcarving talents. At a young age, Juan Horta taught his sons to carve avocado seeds with razor blades. With time and practice the boys learned to use a machete and wood chisels.

Today a respected artist in his own right, Orlando Horta carves masks, participates in exhibitions, and gives presentations for adults and students.
Mexican Maskcarving
In this presentation, participants learn about the history of mask making in Mexico, with an emphasis on the traditions of Michoacán. Orlando shares the process of maskcarving and painting. His friendly, interactive style encourages participants to ask questions. Mr. Horta’s presentations are given in Spanish, so a translator is required. If an interpreter is not available locally, CRIZMAC can provide one for an additional fee.
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