• Section 1

  • Art is vital for our development as human beings.

    It nurtures and regenerates

    that part of us that makes us live.

    Everyone would agree that

    we cannot live without music, right?

    This applies to other art genres as well...

  • Introducing a traditional japanese

    wood-block printing workshop


  • Français


    M.V. a étudié la gravure sur bois, la technique traditionnelle japonaise pendant 4 ans a Tokyo à la Yoshida Hanga Academy. Actuellement il l’enseigne à des universités, écoles et instituts d’art dans plusieurs pays.

    Voilá le deroulement d'un cours

  • Español


    M.V. estudió el Moku Hanga o grabado en madera - la técnica tradicional japonesa durante 4 años en Tokio, en la Yoshida Hanga Academy. Actualmente imparte cursos en universidades, escuelas e instituciones de arte en varios países.

    He aquí un curso intensivo


  • Moku Hanga / Kozo paper making workshop

    With Steve Miller at the University of Alabama

  • Touch images to open links

    La Ceiba Gráfica

    Museo vivo del papel

  • Curriculum Vitae







    Wood block print




  • CV

    (See short version below)

    I was born in Paris in 1959 and grew up in Mexico. Later on I studied in the U.S., France and Japan. With lithographer and inventor Per Anderson I co-designed and co-created the graphic arts center La Ceiba Gráfica in Coatepec, Ver., Mexico http://www.nuevositio.laceibagrafica.org where I opened the first moku hanga (Japanese wood-block printing) workshop in the country (see workshops). I developed the technological means to do it in Mexico without importing goods from Japan. I was also in charge of managing art student groups of various kinds. For the last 10 years, with Per Anderson and metal printer and director Rafael Ruiz, I have been developing this institution, now the most important graphic arts center with art residencies in Mexico.

    I presently live in Sweden with my family.



    I fluently speak Spanish, English, French, some Japanese and some Swedish



    1981-2017: Tai Chi Chuan and Qi gong (in chronological order) with masters Huang Wen-chih in Olympia, Wa., U.S., Charles Li in Paris, France, Serges Dreyer in Toulouse, France, Akiko Nakamura in Yokohama-Shi, Japan, Jose Luis Vallejo in Xalapa, Mexico and Sai ying Lin in New York, U.S. www.taichiqigong.me and www.taichiqigong.strikingly.com

    2016: Wood-turning with Joseph Deronzier, Giez, Haute-Savoie, France http://www.leclat-du-bois.com

    1998 Restoration of antique furniture at the "Art Conservation Studio" in charge of Frederick Sager from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y. https://www.linkedin.com/in/frederick-j-sager-111-73b69545

    1996: Lithography with Per Anderson in Coatepec, Ver., Mexico http://www.laceibagrafica.org/ing/index21.html

    1990-95: Sculpture and woodworking at "El Palo" shop, Xalapa, Ver., Mexico

    1985-89: Wood-Block printing (moku hanga, Ukiyo-E technique) at the Yoshida Hanga Academy, Tokyo, Japan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshida_family_artists and http://ryusei.nobody.jp/academy%2030kai%20kinenten.htm

    1979: Photography at Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles, Ca. https://www.facebook.com/LACCPhotographyDepartment/

    Humanities at The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Wa. http://evergreen.edu

    1976-79: High school at the Area “H” Alternative School, Los Angeles, Ca. https://www.facebook.com/AHASTimeline/

    1974-76: Etching at the ‘El Izote’ Studio, Xalapa, Ver., Mexico



    2010: Galería Ramón Alva de la Canal, Xalapa, Ver. Mexico (large format digital photographs) https://www.uv.mx/galeriarac/general/bienvenido-a-la-pagina-web-de-la-galeria-universitaria-ramon-alva-de-la-canal/

    2010: Galería de Arte Contemporáneo, Xalapa, Ver. Mexico (wood-block prints, an introduction to the japanese technique) http://www.mexicoescultura.com/recinto/58262/galeria-de-arte-contemporaneo-de-xalapa.html

    2006: La Foto Gallery, los Angeles, Ca. U.S. (photographs and sculptures)

    2006: Museo Casa Diego Rivera/Instituto de la Culture de Guanajuato, México (altars)

    2005: Galería Ramón Alva de la Canal, Xalapa, Ver. Mexico (lithography and objects) https://www.facebook.com/galeriarac/?rf=174918699223250

    2003-4: Pinacoteca Diego Rivera, Xalapa, Ver. Mexico (altars)

    2002: Galería Ramón Alva de la Canal, Xalapa, Ver. Mexico (boxes)

    1999: Mexican Cultural Institute, New York (boxes and altars) https://www.facebook.com/MCINY/

    1999: Mexican Cultural Institute, Paris, France (boxes) http://next.paris.fr/es/principales-lugares-de-cultura/centros-culturales-extranjeros/institut-culturel-du-mexique-instituto-cultural-de-mexico/rub_8245_stand_34709_port_19052

    1987: Galería de Artes Plásticas, Xalapa, Ver., Mexico

    1986: Chikiudo Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan (watercolors)

    1975: Preparatoria Juárez Gallery, Xalapa, Ver., Mexico

    1974: Galería número Uno de la Universidad Veracruzana, Xalapa, Ver., Mexico

    1970: Annecy Castle Museum, Annecy, France http://patrimoines.agglo-annecy.fr

    1970: Stadtische Galerie Schlob, Oberhausen, Germany http://www.ludwiggalerie.de/de/ludwiggalerie/

    1969: Kunsthalle Art Museum, Reklinghausen, Germany http://www.kunsthalle-recklinghausen.com/index.php?id=282

    1968: Galería Victor Fosado, Mexico http://www.ebay.com/itm/Artista-mexicano-de-1968-Serigrafia-Firmada-Martin-Vinaver-surrealista-saltado-Caballo-/261646326304/?_ul=PY



    2018: Pucéart, MAÍZ MAÏS, espace Saint-rémi Bordeaux, France https://uploads.strikinglycdn.com/files/46b4274e-32db-431e-8216-3ee6e9f607ae/CataloguePuceart2018%202.pdf

    2018: Galleri Svea, Stockholm, Sweden

    2017: Museo de la Ciudad de Querétaro, Mexico


    2017: Galleri Svea, Stockholm, Sweden

    2015: 7th International Lithographic Symposium, Tidaholm, Sweden https://www.facebook.com/pg/stone.lithography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=867591763277865

    2014: The White Gallery, Lakeville, Connecticut, U.S. http://www.thewhitegalleryart.com

    2010: Philagrafika International Printmaker’s Open Forum http://www.philagrafika2010.org/node/256

    2010: Midwives Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa. E.U. http://midwivescollective.blogspot.se (lithographs at the 2010 Philagrafika yearly U.S. show/symposium) http://u-in-u.com/philagrafika/2010/

    2010: Museo Erasto Cortés, Puebla, Pue. Mexico “Wings over a floating world” kites printed with moku hanga, the japanese wood block printing technique and a moku hanga workshop offered at the museum by Martin Vinaver http://www.puebla.travel/es/museos/item/museo-taller-erasto-cortes-juarez

    2009: Galería IVEC, Veracruz, Ver. México “Plástica Veracruzana Contemporánea”

    2003-9: Various shows throughout Mexico with La Ceiba Gráfica (lithography)

    2002: Galería del Ágora, Xalapa, Ver. IV Foro de Artistas Veracruzanos

    2002: Galería del Ágora, Xalapa, Ver. in support of people with aniridia

    2001: El Chopo Museum, México, D.F. "Ichigo Ichie" http://www.chopo.unam.mx

    2001: Galería de Arte Contemporáneo (IVEC) Xalapa, Ver. "Laberinto"

    2000: Centre Culturel de Margency, France http://www.fdmjc95.org/structure/cercle-culturel-de-margency

    1999: Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington, DC. http://www.instituteofmexicodc.org

    1999: Associated American Artists, New York "Review/Preview"

    1998: Galería de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, Mexico http://www.galeriadeartemexicano.com

    1998: Associated American Artists, New York ‘On Paper’

    1997: Susgrehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, Pa. ‘The richness of diversity: contemporary puerto rican and mexican artists’

    1997: Brewster Arts LTD, Art Miami ’97 Miami Convention Center, Miami, Fla.

    1996: Brewster Arts LTD, New York (miniatures)

    1994: Petit Palais annual exhibition, Paris, France (through the Inter Art Gaymu Gallery, Paris)

    1994: Galería Juan Martin, Mexico City, Mexico and a tour in several other galleries and Cultural Centers of Mexico (painted ostrich eggs) https://www.galeriajuanmartin.com

    1989: 9th Sculpture Exhibition, Kanazawa, Japan

    1989: Kabutoya Gallery, Ginza, Japan https://eventseeker.com/venue/666552-gallery-kabutoya-tokyo

    1989: Galería Juan Martin, Mexico City, Mexico (tools)

    1989: Galería Juan Martin, Mexico City, Mexico (self portraits)

    1989: Tokyu Hands 6th Hands Grand Prix, Tokyo, Japan

    1988: Kabutoya Gallery, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

    1988: Galería Juan Martin, Mexico City, Mexico (masks)

    1988: Galería Quiroga, Mexico City, Mexico

    1987: Galería A.P. Facultad de artes Plásticas, Xalapa, Ver. México

    1987: Galería Sloane-racotta, Mexico City, Mexico

    1987: Pinacoteca Universitaria J.A.X.C., Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Pue., Mexico

    1987: Galería Ramón Alva de la Canal, Xalapa, Ver., Mexico

    1987: Virginia Breier Gallery, San Francisco, Ca. U.S.

    1987: Exposición Laguna Verde, Agora, Xalapa, Ver., Mexico

    1986: 6th Sculpture Exhibition, Kanazawa, Japan

    1985: Kanda Gallery, Fussa, Japan

    1985: 5th Sculpture Exhibition, Kanazawa, Japan

    1984: 4th Sculpture Exhibition, Kanazawa, Japan

    1984: Trienal de fotografía, Mexico City, Mexico

    1971: 80 drawings at the Rouen Art Festival, Rouen, France

    1970: Ferdinand Roten Gallery, Baltimore, U.S.



    2002: CD cover illustrations for "Marimba Dúos" by Miguel González and Juan Martínez, Xalapa, Ver., México.

    2000: CD cover illustrations for J.S. Bach El clave bien temperado, a guitar transcription and performance by Alfredo Sánchez and XOC

    Marimba Duos by Miguel González, Juan Martínez, Diego Espinoza and José Rodríguez

    1997: Production, playwriting and acting for the franco-mexican theater play: ‘Quetzalcóatl, el regreso’ or ‘La femme aux piments rouges’ with Jean Claude Leportier, Catherine Cremer, Djahel Vinaver and Martin Vinaver. Directed by Alain Schons. Provence, France

    1991: Illustrations for the magazine ‘La Tarantula’, Xalapa, Ver., Mexico

    1983: Maquette for a documentary film on ancient french country houses, Paris, France

    1981-2: Illustrations for 3 books for the S.E.P. (the mexican government’s education bureau), Mexico

    1973: 3 covers for the magazine ‘Técnica Pesquera’, Mexico City, Mexico

    1972: A drawing in the book ‘Les Maitres de l’Art Naif’ by Oto Bihalji-Merin, Brussels, La Connaissance Publishing, Belgium

    1972: Novel ‘La Vida de Dos Novios’ text and illustrations by Martin Vinaver, John Muir Publications, Santa Fe, NM. http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/21991093?selectedversion=NBD591640

    1971: The making of the poster for the Rouen art Festival, Rouen, France

    1970: The making of the poster for the Museum of the City of Veracruz, Mexico



    1997: For the production of the franco-mexican theater play: ‘Quetzalcóatl, el regreso’ or ‘La femme aux piments rouges’ we received

    a mexican grant from the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA) http://fonca.cultura.gob.mx and a french grant from the government of Provence.

    2000: Won the New York martial arts Tai chi chuan championship with the 42 movement competition sequence.

    2003-4: Grant from the Instituto de Cultura de Veracruz (IVEC) http://www.ivec.gob.mx for the making of sculptures “altars”. They were later shown at the

    Pinacoteca Diego Rivera gallery in Xalapa, Ver., Mexico



    Instituto de Artes Graficas de Oaxaca, (IAGO) wood block prints (moku-hanga) and lithographs http://institutodeartesgraficasdeoaxaca.blogspot.se

    Museo Erasto Cortés, Puebla, Pue. wood block prints (moku-hanga) http://www.puebla.travel/es/museos/item/museo-taller-erasto-cortes-juarez

    La Ceiba Gráfica, Coatepec, Ver. Lithographs, wood block prints (moku-hanga) and sculptures http://www.laceibagrafica.org/ing/index21.html

    Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico City, Mexico (lithographs) http://www.museonacionaldelaestampa.bellasartes.gob.mx/



    2014: Moku hanga (japanese Wood block printing) at the Fine Art Sudio Services, Lakeville, CT U.S.A.

    2011: Moku hanga (japanese Wood block printing) at CASA (San Agustín Etla Arts Center), Oaxaca, Mexico http://www.academictoursoaxaca.com/oaxaca/san_agustin_etla.php

    2011: Moku hanga at PBI (Paper and Book Intensive) art sabbatical, Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, MI. U.S. http://www.paperbookintensive.org/2011/classes.html

    2010-14: Monthly moku hanga workshops at La Ceiba Gráfica, Coatepec, Ver. Mexico. http://www.laceibagrafica.org/ing/index21.html



    I am an artist but I have worked in other areas as well:

    Having been raised in a farm, I know about agriculture, cattle raising, beekeeping, driving trucks and tractors, etc.

    2020-21: gardening and repairs at Aktiv Fastighets Förvaltning i Nacka AB

    2014-2015: Construction work: Carpentry, painting, demolition, Stockholm, Sweden.

    With Contender AB, Veterankraft and independently

    2002-2017 Have been administering a 12–apartment building since 2002 www.ballenaemplumada.strikingly.com

    2006-2013: Managing and teaching art and self-sufficiency to groups in a graphic arts institution: http://www.laceibagrafica.org/ing/index21.html www.laceibagrafica.org

    2009-2013: Teaching art workshops in Mexico and the U.S., at: http://talleresyax.blogspot.se/p/moku-hanga-grabado-en-madera-con-la.html http://www.casa.oaxaca.gob.mx/index.php/en/ and at: http://www.paperbookintensive.org/2011/classes.html

    1998-1999: Coordination and mounting of art exhibitions in Mexico, Japan, France and the U.S.

    1998-1999: Coaching people with dissabilities through art in Harlem, New York

    1984-2017: Teaching Tai chi chuan and Qi gong for the past 33 years to a variety of groups, from private to corporate www.taichichuanqigong.me and www.taichichuan.strikingly.com

    1992: I designed and built my house with the traditional European/Middle-Eastern pounded earth technique www.indara.strikingly.com

    1997-1998: High-end carpentry work at Bill Rybak’s Studio, 459 W 15th St. N.Y. doing window-display paraphernalia for stores like Cole Haan and Sacks Fifth Avenue



    My CV in short:


    I was raised and worked in a farm in Mexico, studied high school and college in the U.S. did a 4-year apprenticeship in Japan on traditional wood-block printing, studied biodynamic beekeeping with permaculture guidelines, began my studies of Tai chi chuan in Paris 35 years ago and have not stoped since.

    I am a:

    painter, sculptor, printer, photographer, writer, inventor, designer, farmer, beekeeper, house builder and apartment building administrator, carpenter, gardener, general repairman, Tai chi and qigong instructor, father, husband and a world citizen conscious of the environment.

    As an artist I have had 17 one-man shows, more than 43 group shows, have artwork in 4 museums and art institutions, have taught countless times Japanese wood-block printing workshops in Mexico and the U.S. and have co-designed with lithographer, paper maker and inventor Per Anderson, the most important self-sustainable graphic arts center in Mexico, where I conducted research and opened the first Japanese wood-block printing workshop in the country.

    I have taught for over 33 years Tai chi chuan and Qigong and have worked in a number of other related activities.

    I won the 2000 New York martial arts Tai chi chuan championship with the 42 movement competition sequence.

    I presently live in Sweden with my family, working for a company, doing gardening and as a general repairman. I teach Tai chi and Qi gong to individuals through Skype, so they can learn from the comfort of their homes.

    I speak Spanish, French, English, some Japanese and some Swedish.



    (+46) 764289107

    Spångvägen 20, 13237 Saltsjö Boo


  • Last exhibition

    at Svea Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

  • Would you like to have one of these paintings?

    Well, maybe your living room is not as pink as this one...

    ...or as white as this one,

    But you could certainly have one of my paintings in your bedroom or living room...

  • Here you can shop artwork and tools for Japanese wood-block printing

    If you see a piece of art in this website that you like, let me know, I may still have it.There are also custom-made images that could be made from the design of your tattoo... What are the images about? People very often want to know the meaning of an image and I think that we are misled by trying to rationalise it all. When we listen to classical or abstract music, we don't try to rationalise it. We just enjoy it and ¨take it in¨ through different channels. This happens the same way with other forms of art, with love or when we taste delicious food. So when you look at a painting and you just let yourself feel it, you are letting your other channels do their job and you can enjoy it and feed your being at another level. Don't always try to dissect things with your mind. When you do it, you often miss the point. There is much more than meets the eye. We have to let our intuition come back to us, let our antennae grow back so we can enjoy life in a wider spectrum. if you like the painting or it ¨speaks to you¨, that's it.Then, you acquire it.The originals are made with watercolors, inks, sometimes graphite, sometimes gold leaf...The digitized images are made from watercolors, photographs and other media.

    the subconscious

    the subconscious

    46.5 x 66 cm. 2014
    A piece of bark, watercolor pencils, graphite and china ink on Amate bark paper mounted on a plywood base.
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    The plunge

    The plunge

    41 x 30 cm 2019
    Watercolors and inks
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    The Reflex

    The Reflex

    30 x 41 cm. 2019
    watercolors and ink on thick 100% cotton paper
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    The Mammoth's heart

    The Mammoth's heart

    50 x 35 cm. 2019
    Watercolors and inks on cotton paper
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    La relatividad del asunto

    La relatividad del asunto

    41 x 30 cm
    Watercolors and ink on thick cotton paper
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    Digitized photo composition
    Printable up to 13¨x 19¨.
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    Digitized wood block print
    Up to 13¨x 19¨.
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    Los Angeles

    Los Angeles

    Digitized photo/painting composition
    Printed up to 13¨x 19¨ (keeping its proportion)
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    El tlacuache

    El tlacuache

    Digitized watercolor and oil, printed on mat paper
    It can be printed up to 13¨x 19¨.
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    Ideas paralelas

    Ideas paralelas

    30 x 41 cm
    Watercolor and inks on thick cotton paper
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    In the Rothschild's kitchen

    In the Rothschild's kitchen

    50 x 35 cm.
    watercolors and inks on cotton paper
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    Carving knives - 7 piece set

    Carving knives - 7 piece set

    The blades are precision sharpened, first on a motorized lap wheel to set the bevel and give the edge its initial shape; then by hand on water stones.
    Whereas a simple Japanese knife set would cost about $300, we offer a premium set with oak handles and anti-rust covers at a lower price. Read more about our set, below.
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    Stainless steel ball-bearing Baren

    Stainless steel ball-bearing Baren

    14cm (5.5") 110 ball bearings:
    intended for small and large areas.
    With few strokes you get a lined pattern. If you continue, your pattern fills up until you achieve a flat color.
    This Baren requires only a minimum amount of pressure to pull a beautiful image, a definite plus if you print large runs or if you are suffering from any sort of repetitive stress injury to the hand or arm.
    Read about lubricating your baren, below.
    Barens will be available for shipping in January 2019 at a lower price than our Japanese colleagues.
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    Custom made mixed-media printed image made from your tattoo

    Custom made mixed-media printed image made from your tattoo

    This is an example and you can see more under the ¨Tattoo art¨ section.
    All images are custom made from your own tattoo, not to be bought by other people, of course. it's your image.
    It's printed on quality paper and you can choose the size you want. The smallest size is A4 or 210 x 297 mm at the price herewith with shipping by mail included. Prices vary, according to the size.
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    Photography and Digital Art

    Photography and Digital Art

    Many of the images in the photography section and in the digital art section are available and can be ordered in different sizes.
    Different sizes and other prices will soon be displayed here. The price you see here is for an 13 x 19 inch tabloid format.
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    Business as usual

    Business as usual

    Ostrich egg on a wooden base with 24-karat gold leaf and painted with inks and watercolour.
    Egg size: 11 x 15 x 11 cm
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  • About our moku hanga Barens and Knives

    Stainless-steel ball-bearing Baren

    This baren doesn't need a bamboo sheath cover.

    I recommend using silicone-based oil, such as oil for sewing machines instead of plant-based oil, to lubricate the ball bearings in the baren. The reason is that plant-based oil can become gummy over time, causing the ball bearings to stop rolling. However, since silicone is not good for plant fiber paper, do not use a silicon-oiled baren directly on the printing paper. Place a piece of backing paper like ategami, baking parchment between the baren and the printing paper. Lay a piece of thin acetate film or polyfilm, its smooth side down over the printing paper and spray your ategawa, the baren's docking carpet, with the silicon oil, so you can rub your baren over it before you print with the baren as you rub over the acetate film.

    The baren has a stainless-steel backing for the ball-bearings, for smooth rolling.

    Premium knife set

    Made from metal-file steel, from the best brands that were made to last.

    The Hangi To and Sho To (knives) are used to outline areas. Sankaku To (v-gouges) are often used to carve thin lines and interesting textures.

    Komasuki and Maru To (u-gouges) are used to outline, create texture and clear away wood. Most people find it easier to cut curved lines with Komasuki or Maru To than with Sankaku To.

    Aisuki and Hira To (chisels) are used to clear, make textural marks and take off the tall, sharp ridges left behind by Maru To or Komasuki cuts.

    Our sealed caps are designed with a naphthalene ball that fills the chamber with an anti-rusting gas for long lasting protection.

    Tool size and proportion in relation to hand

    How to hold most of the knives

  • Currencies & shipping

    Wondering about the money?

    The amounts are represented in US dollars and the system walks you through the steps, so even if you have Mongolian tögrög or Botswanan pula, it's no problem, it will work.

    Wondering about the shipping?

    It is on the house, which means, the shipping is included in the price if I send it to you by regular mail. I am in France and the mail is very efficient. For example, a shipment to the U.S. takes from 3 to 5 working days and to Poland 5 days. Depending on your country's mailing efficiency, once the envelope or package is in your country's jurisdiction, it may take longer than 5 days.

    If, however, you want it super extra fast and you are willing to pay for it, I can send it to you by DHL, which within Europe will cost 30€, to the U.S. and Canada roughly 50 US$ and to the rest of the world, the equivalent to 60 US$

  • Links to my other activities

    Touch images to open links

    Art as Urns

    Tai chi chuan

    a foundation for body and mind

    short stories

    Short stories in Spanish

    Mexico's most important graphic-arts center


    Ecological bee hives


    A beautiful place to meditate, to restore the soul,

    for artists to work...

    House design and construction

    First architecture learning experience

    Apartments upkeep and administration


    Wood work and painting

  • Contact


    (+33) 605732711 - France