Curiot (Favio Martinez) was born in Sahuayo, Michoacán. He went to school in California and moved back to Mexico in his twenties. He started drawing in adolescent age, and as he perfected his skills he decided to get a more formal education. As a self-taught artist, he painted for years before he went to the Universidad Michoacana where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts diploma in 2008. Curiot was strongly influenced by his culture and aesthetics. From Aztec prints to sugar skulls, he synchronizes his murals with the lively energy of Mexican folklore. Something powerful and energetic drew him back to Mexico after life in the States. He wanted to explore the symbols and legends and to create his own world of mythical half-human, half animal creatures.
Rich color palette and sound geometrical patterns are combined with strange looking creatures from another world. The creatures are often portrayed surrounded by small people who honor them and celebrate their presence. This connection to people ties the knot with Mexican culture and puts his work into the realm of the sublime. His world of murals is imaginary, but the symbolism is as real as it can get. The message is clear – men were and will be an integral part of nature, and their beautiful relationship must be maintained with mutual respect. Curiot’s subject is coexistence with nature and the stories about this connections can be found in rich mythology and in Mexican art.