Candelario Medrano Lopez, born in Santa Cruz de las Huertas, Tonala, Jalisco, Mexico on February 2, 1918, died in October 1986. Started making hand-made clay sewer pipes eventually created ceramic Noah's arks, churches, merry-go-rounds, jet planes and boldly imaginative creatures. His sons Serapio Medrano and Benito Medrano have continued working clay; so have his grandchildren Juan Jose Ramos Medrano (7/23/1957 - ) and Maria Medrano. Also related is Gerardo Ortega Lopez who developed his own style of folk art in clay.
Church with green steeples, painted clay, 57 x 28 x 18 cm. Stastny Collection. purchased 2011.