This owl is so gorgeous! Such power packed into this carving! Julia is part of the world renowned Fuentes Family, including Epifanio Fuentes, Zeny Fuentes, Ivan Fuentes and Efrain Fuentes, as well as sisters Magaly Fuentes and Rubi Fuentes. Julia Fuentes actually used to do the painting on her brother Zeny's pieces, until branching out on her own this past July. In my opinion however, Julia has surpassed her brothers in her talent in the painting of these wood carvings. Considering that she actually studied art at Bellas Artes... a famous institution in Mexico City! Wow! We were amazed at the beauty of her pieces when we first saw them, and are so excited to be able to share them with the world. The shading technique that she uses in her artistry is just amazing. One of the most incredible aspects of her work is that she has managed to elevate the art form to more of a fine art approach, while maintaining the beautiful whimsy that one finds in Mexican Folk Art. You can definitely see the trademark style of her family in her work still, and it is fantastic seeing another family member keeping these traditions alive.
This painting on this owl is amazingly detailed and done to absolute museum quality! The design pattern is intricate and expertly painted with clean lines. There is such lovely precision in the painting of this piece, We love the earthy mustardy brown base color, and the beautiful pop of blue too! The piece also has a lovely sense of movement, which add to the visual excitement of the piece. The folding of the wings to the side gives the feel that this owl is perched, yet ready to take off in flight if needed. Full of life and beauty! This piece is a valuable one piece carving, and we are drawn to the big eyes and the horns instantly. There are no removable parts, and the piece has been signed by both Jose Juan and Julia... a truly delightful young couple!
Approximate Measurements: 8" high x 3 3/4" long x 3 5/8" deep