This fantastic polk a dot otter wood carving has all of the curiosity and fun that we love in Mexican Folk Art! Armando Jimenez is the grandson of the Master Carver Manuel Jimenez, who is credited with creating the whole movement of the Oaxacan wood carvings. Oaxacan wood carvings are also sometimes referred to as alebrijes (although the term alebrije is more appropriately attributed to the paper mache figures from the Linares Family of Mexico City). Armando's brother Moises is also a fantastic wood carver, but not as active in the art world currently. This is one talented family! Armando's work is a great way to support a living legacy, and an art form that has been passed down within the family. Armando pieces, while adhering to the traditional painting style of his family, show incredible range of creativity in the whimsical animals depicted. Their carvings often depict animals that are not native to Oaxaca, and demonstrate Armando's curiosity towards nature and the subjects of his artwork. Whimsy and creativity! Two of our very favorite qualities found in Mexican Folk Art!
This blue otter wood carving would make an adorable addition to your collection. I love this sweet carving! The paws sticking out from the front are wonderful, and the face is adorable! The positioning of the tail curving forward and the extended paws give the piece a nice sense of movement. And I love the cheerful painting done in a cool polk a dot pattern. There are no removable parts. The carving is signed by Armando Jimenez and his wife Antonia, who is responsible for the painting of their pieces.
Approximate Measurements: 10" high x 8 3/4" long x 5 1/2" deep