Masterfully carved by Damian Morales and intricately painted by his wife Beatriz, this is one special carving! Damian began carving animals out of copal at the young age of 11 years old, but was selling these carvings as unpainted figures to other members of his community. His work dramatically changed after meeting, and subsequently marrying, Beatriz Ramirez at the age of 19. Beatriz hails from a wood carving family, and had already honed her skills as a talented painter by working with her brothers. Her paint style is intricate and precise, with a lovely sense of the shading of colors. Together Damian and Beatriz make a powerful force in the world of Oaxacan wood carvings! The whimsy and imagination in this hippo is just incredible! I just love the bulbous snout, the eyelashes, the hooves, the curly tail and the pinned back little ears. You can readily see the masterful painting touch that Beatriz adds to this spectacular carvings! The fine line detail carefully reflects the nature of animal hair. Full of whimsy and fun! This carving is signed by the artist.The tail is removable for safe shipping.
Approximate Measurements: 5 3/4" high x 12" long x 3 3/4" wide
Artist: Beatriz Morales, Oaxaca, Mexico
Category: Oaxaca Wood Carving; Mexican Folk Art