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Arizona Artforms: Zarco Guerrero

Zarco Guerrero was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona and has been a force in the Arizona art scene since the early seventies. He has worked with various media including sculpture and murals, but has been seriously dedicated to the art of the mask since 1970. Inspired by mask rituals in Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico, he began working on contemporary cast-paper masks blending human and animal motifs and continues to create and integrate these masks with music and dance.


Guerrero is also a community arts advocate, participating in the Artist in Education program of the Arizona Arts Commission and conducting workshops throughout the U.S. since 1972. In 1986, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship to study Noh mask making in Japan. On his journey home, he traveled to Bali to learn more about the Balinese art of mask making. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Mexico. In 1993, he was awarded Arizona's Governor's Arts Award for his artistic contributions to the community. In 1994, he was the recipient of the Scottsdale Arts Council's Chairman's Artist Award.

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