It all started during his first trip to Mexico City more than 25 years ago. Dennis visited the National Museum of Anthropology in Chapultepec Park which proved to be a revelation of a whole new world to him. The pre-Columbian artwork, Aztec, Maya, Olmec style and culture caught his imagination. He soon began reading and intensely studying the history and art of Pre-Columbian México and the Conquest. He also began visiting many of the Aztec archaeological sites including the magnificent Teotihuacan, Cholula and Malinalco. Having the idea of obtaining replicas of the art he saw at the museums, Dennis began inquiring in the small villages around these important sites. After a few days and many dead ends, he came upon Humberto, an artist of the highest quality. Buying a few pieces from him, Dennis began an important relationship that exists to this day.
Dennis has also discovered other top quality artists in Mexico City, Taxco, Guanajuato, Guadalajara, Tonala, Tlaqueapaque and many other towns and villages throughout México. 15 years ago, at the dawn of the internet, Dennis started his website www.mexarte.com. Through this he has met many collectors and aficionados of this art and has commissioned for them many custom pieces with his artists. The website has also expanded into more Colonial and Traditional Mexican arts and crafts. For many years Dennis had a store/warehouse in California Importing 53’ truck containers of pottery, home décor and traditional Mexican arts and crafts, textiles and jewelry for both wholesale and retail. He contunued travelling to México expanding his relationships with the best families and small businesses creating these products and bécame a leading wholesale in this type of merchendise. Dennis sold the store/warehouse and moved to México in 2008 to concentrate on his wholesale business. He lives in San Antonio Tlayacapan, a pueblo in the state of Jalisco near Guadalajara where nearby towns are known for generations of families creating wonderful traditional Mexican arts and crafts, ceramics, home decor, .metal art and pre-Columbian replicas. Dennis has also established relationships with various government and state agencies charged with helping expand trade with the indigenous groups and artist families in thier areas, where he can go to get good information and contacts. Please take a look at the wholesale section of our website: www.mexarte.com/wholesale.html.