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“I wanted to return something to my people”: Jess Dávila

Self-taught sculptor, Jess Dávila, pride of Huachinera, Sonora, says that his main interest in bequeathing is not the sculptural work he created, but to sow the artistic seed in children and youth of the Sierra Alta del Estado area.

“What interests me the most is to give the direction to these children, and there are young people who follow up on art, culture, and that is good, because they go around, instead of going in other directions, That is the gain I want, that is what I am looking for, ”he adds.

In a hurry to refine the last details for the inauguration of the 15th edition of the Luna de Montaña Festival, the sculptor whose work is known internationally, granted the interview in front of one of his greatest pride: The Artistic and Cultural Center of Huachinera (CACH).

He says that since childhood he liked art, especially painting, drawing and music, among other skills so he decided to learn in these different techniques. Curiously, sculpture was the last of the fine arts he learned.

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“Then I started doing something with the stone sculpture, it was something that fascinated me,” he says, “and it was thanks to a friend of mine, Guadalupe Apodaca, a well-known artist who told me that I should go for the sculpture and I I kept this up. ”

His works in the world

He tells that once he learned the empirical technique, he took courses in different cities of the United States and began to invite him to different countries. It currently has works in almost all European countries, in Japan, Australia, Venezuela, Mexico, United States and Canada.

In his workshop, which is in the CACH, the artist has an unparalleled view that would be envied by many virtuosos and that is his inspiring muse, on that site he has taught sculpture to several generations of young people and worked with stones from various places of the world.

“No, one does not finish learning, one continues to learn either because you work different types of stone or because you find a stone that does not lend itself like the other, but you always learn from styles, ways of working it for a piece” add.

With emotion, Jess Dávila talks about two of his main works: the CACH and the Moon Mountain Festival. He says that through the 3-for-1 migrant program, they managed to secure resources for the Artistic Center.

With Sonoran friends, he formed a migrant club, who then presented the project to the authorities, told them that they had to put 25% of the money for the work, the rest would put equal percentages the Municipality, the State and the Federation.
Once the CACH was built, which consists of six buildings, it was asked how to attract visitors to leave economic spills in Huachinera and the nearby towns, so that, 15 years ago, the Mountain Moon Festival was born.

Your pride

“The Festival has already been formed as one of the largest in the State, this year we celebrate the quinceañera of this Festival, it is a pride what has happened, how great and beautiful it has been done, enters more and more, has improved” , highlights.

In commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the Museum of Art of Sonora (Musas), Dávila donated to the State the sculpture “The monarch of the prairies” that was integrated into the Collection 2.1 together with 235 pieces by more than 160 artists.

This work consists of a stylized buffalo that is a symbol of the Sonoran sculptor, and whose replica lies in the central courtyard of the CACH. Both are sculpted in limestone from the Alaskan seas, dating back more than 100 million years.

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