Don Chinda

Gumercindo España Oliveres began making toys over forty years ago. His family; wife, children and grandchildren work with Gumercindo, or "Chinda" as his friends call him, to make some of the most colorful, humorous and clever creations imaginable. His ingenuity in creating new toy designs has earned him recognition from the Fomento Cultural Banamex in 1996, and he recently has been featured in the book, Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art.

Gumercindo lives in the village of Santa Cruz de Juventino Rosas, about two hours from San Miguel de Allende. He visits Casa de la Cuesta about once a month to deliver his latest creations.