Originally from Mexico and based in Baltimore, Francisco LOZA creates his original art by working on wood surfaces he covers in two types of wax that he mixes together and onto which he presses, cuts, shapes brightly colored threads one-by-one into intricate and complex designs.

LOZA artwork reflects many themes, including nature, climate, Mexican traditions, immigration, and the abstract. Viewers of LOZA artwork are captivated when seeing his artwork that is 3-D in depth. He also produces unique mixed media art using a combination of estambre (yarn) and chaquira (beaded pieces)

LOZA has 20+ years of experience showing his artwork and leading interactive workshops to share his technique and make connections to culture & traditions at venues in the USA and Mexico. LOZA has led many workshops with students of all ages/abilities – at AVAM Museum, Studios in Key West, Rehoboth Art League, and other venues.


Virtual Happy Hour in the Artist's Studio with Francisco LOZA

AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM // Brief Intro by Rebecca Hoffberger

Mexican artist Francisco LOZA invites you into his home studio and gallery for a tour of his artwork and collection.

In this video, he shows his contemporary creations and takes us into his workspace to give a demo of this intricate technique.

He also highlights select work of Huichol artisans with whom he collaborates.

Francisco's work was on view in the AVAM's exhibition "The Secret Life of Earth."

Highlights of LOZA exhibits and workshops:

  • Keswick Wise & Well Center - Gallery: September 2021 - October 2021, Baltimore, MD

  • AVAM Museum: Collective exhibits: March 2020-to October 2021; and October 2018--September 2019, Baltimore, MD

  • Embassy of Mexico, Washington, DC: January 2020 through September 2021

  • Rehoboth Art League, Delaware: Solo exhibit and workshops, October-November 2020

  • Artist in Residence: The Studios at Key West, Florida (TSKW); July-August 2019

  • Arlington Arts Center Gallery: Virginia, October-November 2018 and February-March 2019

  • LOZA work featured in “Outsider Art” exhibit publication: New York City, November 2018

  • Artist-in-Residence and Workshop Leader: Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD, (2010-2018)

  • Project Director for events with Huichol Shamans in Washington, DC, MD, Ohio (2010-2018)

  • Solo Exhibit “Songs on the Wind” to showcase LOZA artwork, Creative Alliance, 2010-2012)

  • Workshops at Walter’s Art Gallery, American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM), Rehoboth Art League, TSKW, Creative Alliance, cultural centers and schools in MD, NC, OH, CA, and KESWICK (2010-2021)

  • Workshops for University of Maryland (UMBC) art students; (2010-2014)

  • Workshops at museums, cultural centers, Mexican Consulates in USA (on-going)


LIST of LOZA Arte en Estambre events: exhibits & workshops

  • American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM), Baltimore, MD, Collective exhibits: October 2018-September 2019 and February 2020-October 2021. Workshops: 2018-2019

  • Rehoboth Art League, Delaware: Solo exhibit & workshops, October-November 2020

  • Embassy of Mexico, Washington, DC: Solo exhibit, January 2020-June 2021

  • Binational Artists Collective Exhibit, Mexico City, December 2019 -invitation by Mexican Foreign Affairs (SRE and IME).

  • The Studios of Key West, Florida (TSKW), Artist-in-Residence, July-August 2019

  • Arlington Arts Center, Virginia, solo exhibit & workshops: February 2019 and November 2016

  • Center Gallery, Arlington, VA, solo exhibit: October-November 2018

  • Loan to Migration Policy Institute (MPI), Washington, DC, 2018-present

  • Loan to U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Latin American Affairs, Washington, D.C. 2016-present

  • Consulate of Mexico, Raleigh, NC: exhibit, October 2017

  • City of Raleigh Museum, Raleigh, NC, collective Exhibit, June 2016

  • Delta Arts Center and Gallery, solo exhibit, Winston-Salem, NC, March - May 2016

  • B&G Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, “Unusual Mediums” collective exhibit: August 2015

  • Featured Artist in Spotlight Latin American Series, University of Maryland, October 2014

  • National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD; Arte en Estambre Workshops, October 2011-2014

  • Enoch Pratt Library, Baltimore, MD, solo exhibit & Arte en Estambre workshops, 2011-2015

  • Underground Gallery, Fayetteville, Arkansas, solo exhibit, August 2014

  • Still Life Gallery, Ellicott City, MD, solo exhibit, September-November 2013

  • The Walter’s Art Museum, Baltimore, Arte en Estambre workshops, March 2012-2013

  • National Museum of American Indians, Smithsonian, Washington, DC, collective exhibit, June 2011

  • University of Toledo Center for Visual Arts, Toledo, solo exhibit, Ohio, 2004

  • Institute of Traditional Medicine, Toronto, Canada, workshop, September 2007

  • Alliant University, Mexico City, Mexico, 2006 and 2007

Other U.S. Exhibitions

  • 2013 - Galaxy Cream, Amalie Rothschild Gallery, Baltimore

  • 2012 - Carroll Arts Center, Westminster, MD,

  • 2011 - Glen House ART, Yellow Spring, Ohio: Joint show & workshops with Huichol artisans

  • 2010 - Conservatory and Botanic Gardens of Baltimore, MD

  • 2004 - Toledo Botanical Gardens, Toledo, OH

  • 2004 - Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, Toledo, OH

  • 2004 - Sophia Quintero Art and Cultural Center, Toledo, OH

  • 2003 - Alvear Studio, Washington, DC

  • 2003 - Sassafras Gallery, Baltimore, MD

  • 2003 - Fiesta del Pueblo Fair, Raleigh, NC

  • 1995 - Waterman Gallery, Ocean Side, CA


  • 2009 - Art Gallery Millan, Puerto Vallarta, MX

  • 2006-2007 - Alliant University, exhibits and workshops, Mexico City

  • 2006 - U.S. Embassy, Mexico City

  • 2006 - Café Dalí, Mexico City (joint shows with Huichol artisans)

  • 2005 - American School Foundation Art Fair, Mexico City

  • 2005 - Casa Tomada, México City

  • 2004 - El Cafecito Galería, Sayulita, Nayarit

  • 2002 - U.S. Consulate, Guadalajara, Mexico

  • 2001-2003 - Workshops at The Lake Chapala Society, Guadalajara

  • 2001 - Galería del Tercer Mundo, San Francisco, Nayarit

  • 2000 - Paradise Plaza, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit

  • 1999 - Universidad Autónoma de Nayarit, Tepic, Nayarit

  • 1997 - Galería La Colección, Puerto Vallarta

  • 1997 - Festival Cervantino, Guanajuato, Mexico

  • 1994 - Universidad de Guadalajara, Guadalajara

  • 1990-93 - Hotel Costa Azul, San Francisco, Nayarit


  • 2007 - Institute of Traditional Medicine, Toronto, Ontario

  • 2007 - Consulate of Mexico, Fiesta Patrias Fair, Toronto, Ontario

MEDIA mentions:

  • 2020-2021 - Embassy of Mexico in Washington, DC and Mexico City (SRE) Binational Artists’ events

  • 2018-2020 - Washington Post articles about AVAM collective exhibits

  • 2020 - Cape Gazette, Rehoboth, Delaware

  • 2011- National Public Radio, WYPR-FM, Baltimore, MD

  • 2004 - Canal de la Cultura, Canal Once, Mexico City

  • 2003 - TV Universidad de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Jalisco


  • Recipient of Key to the City for Outstanding Contribution in the Arts; Toledo, Ohio (2005)

Est. 2021/2022 // Copyright - Francisco Loza