“My name is Jose Juan Alvarez but my artistic name is “Hui-chu Kua-Kari” which means wet dog.”
Jose Juan Alvarez belong to the Mexican indigenous group “Purepecha”
Originally from Michoacan Mexico, he has lived in the city of Farmersville for more than 30 years.
And for the last 17 years, Jose Juan has dedicated his free time to pyrography.
A form of art created by the Greeks in the 17th century, pyrography is the art of decorating wood or other materials with burn marks.
That is how Jose Juan has created a variety of art pieces showcasing the history and culture of the Mayans, the Aztecs, the Purepecha’s and other indigenous groups of Mexico.
“It was interesting to see when I did my first piece how people would react to it and how they wanted to learn about the history.”
A field worker, Jose Juan self-taught himself how to use a wood burning machine, and has created over 100 pieces in his backyard.
“It’s very important for the younger generation to learn about the Mexican culture.”
Alvarez said he never imagined his work will be exhibited around the Central Valley for people to enjoy and to purchase as well.
“An image says more than a thousand words I’m just glad that I can help spread our history by doing this,” Alvarez said.