Arturo Macias graduated from the School of Architecture of the National Politechnical Institute of Mexico in 1951. Hhis life subsecuently followed a rich vein of cultural, musical, and artistically creative activities.He was founder of the Association of Musical Youth of Mexico (1952) under the patronage of the National Fine Arts Institute of Mexico; The Association of Purhepecha Culture (1957), dedicated to the investigation, diffusion and conservation of the Indigenous Cultures of Michoacan; and the Music and Dance of Michoacan Competition (1958).
In 1956 he became a permanent resident of the city of Uruapan, Michoacan, which he made his center for investigations of Michoacan art and culture.
In 1967, Arturo Macias was presented with the national prize from the National Institute of Fine Arts for his work on Michoacan folklore. In 1968, he inaugurated the World Festival of Folklore in Mexico City, and also organized the “Masters of Folklore” group for the Technological Institute of Monterrey, in which 100 artists participated as part of the official program for the 1968 Olympics.
During the 60s and 70s, the artist hosted numerous exhibits of Michoacan art and culture in Mexico, as well as in Canada and New York.
His musical album, “Masters of Folklore”, was released by Peerless of Mexico in 1971.
The years 1971 through 1974 were replete with cultural presentations. In the National Auditorium of Mexico City, in 1972, he staged the “Fiesta Michoacana” with 135 artists, and in 1973 was officially invited by the Mexican Institute of Fine Arts to present, once again, his “Masters of Folklore” in the National Palace of Fine Arts (Palacio de Bellas Artes).
In 1975 Arturo Macias was awarded the Ariel from the Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences of Mexico for his film “Auandar Anapu.”
The mid-to-late 1970s and early 1980s took him, with his “Masters of Folklore,” on tours through Spain, France, and Italy. His sculptural works were on exhibit in the theaters in which his group played.
In 1985, Arturo Macias initiated his work on the fabulous series of sculptures “Goddesses and Women of Mexico” with the preparation of sketches and models, while at the same time giving conferences on Mexican Art, recording native Mexican music, making television appearances, and holding various cultural exhibitions throughout the later half of the decade.
In 1991, he began dedicating himself more exclusively to sculpting large-format figures in wood, while still preparing and exhibiting a series of silk screens in Uruapan, Ixtapa, and Guatemala in 1994 and 1995.
In 1996, Galeria Ixchel Maya was inaugurated by Tania Scales in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, with the purpose of exhibiting the works of Arturo Macias in an exclusive atmosphere in which it can be fully appreciated by the public on an ongoing basis. Thus was conceived the permanent exhibit of the “Goddesses and Women of Mexico“.
Arturo continued showing his work in various parts of Mexico, Guatemala, and in the Jacob Javits Convention Center of New York. In 2001, Arturo Macias won an award for his sculpture at the Florence International Biennale of Contemporary Art.
Homage to Arturo Macias (Deceased, May 10, 2011, Uruapan, Mexico)
Although Galeria Ixchel Maya no longer exists, the incredible collection put together by Tania Scales in which these sculptures reside is now known as the Templo Maya within the confines of Tania’s own home.