Diego Marcial Rios

The Ashkenaz

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In a Nutshell

Join renowned artist Diego Rios to explore Mexican traditions and the art of papier-mâché through making your own mask

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Promotional value expires Sep 7, 2015. This deal is for the purchase of a ticket. Dates subject to capacity and cancellation. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. number of participants required or subject to cancellation. No value after date & time have passed. Any discount reflects experience provider’s current prices. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $30 for one admission to a two-hour Mexican papier-mâché workshop with Diego Rios (up to $50 value)
  • When: Saturday, August 29, or Sunday, September 6, at 6 p.m.
  • Where: Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center

What You’ll Do

Breathtakingly colorful masks and papier-mâché art sculpture has long been part of the Mexican culture and are often used in celebration of Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. Dive into the rich history of this papier-mâché tradition alongside internationally acclaimed artist Diego Marcial Rios, who overviews its fascinating background before giving a demo on the craft. Once you’ve got the basics down, roll up your sleeves to create and hand-paint your own one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

  • Brief Historical/Cultural lecture

Hear a brief, historical summary of the papier-mâché media during the “Spanish Conquests”. There will also be a brief account of the cultural significance of the Day of the Dead in both European and Aztec cultures.

  • Handcraft a Papier-Mâché Mask

Discover how to make a piece of art influenced by Mexican culture in time for Day of the Dead celebrations. You will learn about the almost-forgotten ingredients necessary to create papier-mâché paste along with the methods of creating larger 3d structures with papier-mâché.

  • Hand Paint a Wearable, Decorative Mask Suitable for a Ball or Masquerade Party

Materials will be available for attendees to hand paint a colorful and decorative mask. Paints, brushes, mask forms, stencils, feathers, and all other art materials will be available at the workshop.

  • Work Under the Guidance of a Renowned Artist
    See live examples of the papier-mâché process and get inspired by an artist who has been exhibiting for more than 30 years.

Your Host

Diego Rios Diego Rios
Acclaimed Artist

Artist Diego Rios’s artwork has the rare quality of global appeal: His paintings, masks, woodcuts, and more have been included in permanent museum collections and nearly 500 exhibitions from Japan to Bulgaria. Diego’s work is known for its stunning aesthetic presence, instantly drawing the viewer in, and then letting them grapple with complex subjects like contemporary socio-economics. Equipped with a master’s in fine art, over 30 years of experience, and a passion for sharing his artistic insight with others, Diego is immersed in the creative world in a way that few others can claim.


Diego Marcial Rios

Signature Service: Mask making in the Mexican tradition
Established: 1986
Reservations/Appointments: Required
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours

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