Kayúm Ma'ax

Mayan/Lacandón artist

Nahá, Selva Lacandona, Ocosingo, Chiapas, México, 1962.

Ma’ax maintains a traditional life in the Lacandona Jungle, he is an explorer of nature and Mayan-Lacandon cosmological symbology, thus becoming a born historian and archaeologist of his people.

Ma’ax began painting the flora and fauna, with an extraordinary particular technique, which he developed from the interior of the jungle. To see a work by Ma’ax is to enter into an encounter of jungle interconnection (the Lacandona jungle), that is, the close relationship between human beings-animals-divine beings – and the earth.

Painting is his means of information that allows him to represent the oral tradition in each of his pictorial works, safeguarding the Mayan/Lacandon memory.

He is recognized for his enormous wealth of knowledge of the oral tradition and spiritual wisdom of his people. He was awarded the Chiapas Prize in 1992 and has more than 30 years in the practice of art as a proudly self-taught painter, who has learned from his inspiration by animated nature.


Artworks available on Tienda MUY

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Winikal nal (Owner of the corn) (2015)





God of lightning (2021)

Artworks from Kayúm Ma'ax's catalogue