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Dennis can be reached by phone 888-442-4095 (toll free from the U.S.) or e-mail at eldoradoimports@gmail.com

Dennis McCann


Dennis was born in Brooklyn, New York, and at the age of four he and his family moved to Bermuda. After High School there, for three years he worked on cruise ships based on the island and travelling throughout the Caribbean, South and Central America. At the age of 21 Dennis moved to Miami. Shortly after he received a draft notice (Viet Nam era) and volunteered for the Air Force. After his 4 year commitment was completed he began a broadcasting career in radio in the small town of Titusville, Florida. 2 years later he moved to Southern California and continued working in radio, as well as attending college at night on the G.I. Bill to receive a B.A. Degree in Television and Film. Soon after that Dennis established his own Advertising Agency. For over 20 years he owned and operated El Dorado Media Services helping clients advertise and market to U.S. Hispanics.
Soon after arriving in California, Dennis had started travelling to Mexico, first to Baja for weekend getaways and then to the interior. During his first trip to Mexico City more than 25 years ago, Dennis visited the National Museum of Anthropology in Chapultepec Park. This 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 of Pre-Columbian Mexico and the Conquest. He also began visiting many of the Aztec archaeological sites including the magnificent Teotihuacan “City of the Gods”, and Cholula, the sacred city of the Aztecs and home of the largest pyramid in Mexico. Having the idea of obtaining replicas of the Aztec 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.

Over the years Dennis has commissioned Humberto to produce many spectacular replicas of Aztec, Maya and Olmec art. During the past 15 years Dennis has also discovered other top quality artists in Taxco, Taxco Viejo, Guadalajara, Tonala and Tlaqueapaque. His hobby of collecting pre-Colombian artwork soon became a business, commissioning hundreds of pieces, ranging from heads, masks, Aztec warriors (Guerrero Aguila, Guerrero Jaguars) and exact replicas of famous museum pieces. These are all hand crafted from obsidian stone (a black volcanic stone used extensively by the Aztecs for weapons and art) dressed with silver, turquoise and other gemstones. Some of the pieces are hand carved from the rare and beautiful rainbow obsidian. He then added other categories including Aztec and Maya calendars, Mayan glyphs, sacrificial knives, etc. Then working with a jewelry designer in Taxco, the silver capital of Mexico, he created a line of pre-Columbian inspired exquisite sterling silver jewelry with semi-precious stone inlay of authentic Mesoamerican, Aztec and Mayan designs.

All of this art and jewelry is available at his website www.mexarte.com. Dennis then owned and operated a retail and wholesale store in Victorville, California for 4years bringing in container loads of pottery, home décor and arts and crafts from all over Mexico for both retail and wholesale. 4 years ago Dennis sold the store and realized his dream of moving to live and work in Mexico. He now resides in the picturesque village of San Antonio Tlayacapan on the shore of Lake Chapala about an hour from Guadalajara. He now has the time and location to travel to all the art centers of Mexico to concentrate on his wholesale business El Dorado Imports (the company is registered in California with a warehouse there) and adding new categories such as ceramic Mayan and Aztec figures, Repujado (metal wall art) and a large selection of traditional Mexican arts and crafts. The company now also has a lucrative segment supplying museum stores in the U.S. and Canada with pre-Columbian replicas in conjunction with Maya, Aztec and Olmec exhibits in the museum galleries.


 Dennis is enjoying the near perfect weather in his new home and soaking up the culture that he has been so fascinating to him for almost thirty years. He can be reached by e-mail at hombregringo@gmail.com or you can call him directly toll free from the U.S. or Canada at 888-442-4095.


 

12127 Mall Blvd. Ste. A-103 Victorville, CA 92392

(888) 442-4095 Toll Free Number in U.S.A and Canada

International calls:(011 - 52 -376 -766 -53-22)

eldoradoimports@gmail.com

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