A great example of the work of the very talented Magaly Fuentes and her husband Jose Calvo. Magaly is part of the world renowned Fuentes Family, including Epifanio Fuentes, Zeny Fuentes, Julia Fuentes, Efrain Fuentes and Jose Fuentes. In my opinion however, Magaly has surpassed her famous father and brothers in her talent in the painting of these wood carvings. Her shading technique is similar to her sister Julia's, yet retains her own signature style. She too elevates 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.
Such a cool jaguar head! I love how unique this is, yet how bold it is. Surely to be a stand out in a collection of Oaxaca Woodcarvings. The shading is just incredible, and so appealing! The face is fierce, the carving itself is intricate and full of appeal, and the painting is crisp and clean. Gorgeous! The piece has been signed by both Magaly and Jose... a truly delightful young couple, and two of the rising stars of San Martin Tilcajete, Oaxaca! There are no removable parts.
Approximate Measurements: 4 1/4" high x 4 3/4" wide x 5" deep