Mario Castellanos is one of the most incredible talented wood carvers out there! His work is just tremendous, filled with intricate movement and character. He is able to carve figures that very few would even try. His beginning claim to fame was his lizards and iguanas, all carved out of one single piece of copal wood, and with the amazing coiled tails that many other artists have tried to copy. But present day has seen him expand his talents to a wide variety of animal figures, all with an incredible level of detail and precision! We are so proud to carry his work! Mario is a true artistic genius, whose work is full of whimsy and creativity. His work truly is a level above the rest !
This is a museum quality one piece quail carving that is packed with great detail in both the carving and the painting. I love the folded back positioning of the wings, and the individually carved ridges of the feathers that provide an incredible textural appeal.The upward positioning of the head gives a subtle sense of motion, as if the quail is looking to the sky, and the top knot feather gives a majestic appeal to the carving. The carving of the feet and the beak are the perfect accents. Superbly crafted, unusual and done with so many incredibly fine details! Every single detail is perfection, including the beautiful painting done by Mario's wife Reina, that feature traditional Zapotec Indian patterns. I love the eye catching combination of the bright blue, with pops of red and an almost neon yellow, combined with a gorgeous deep metallic gold on the under body, legs and beak. There are no removable parts, and the piece was signed by the artists. This level of an exquisitely detailed carving from another well known carver would easily cost three times the price!
Mario's work is so gorgeous and so purely sculptural that he was selected by the Marshall M Fredericks Sculpture Museum as one of only eight artists from Oaxaca, across various sculptural art mediums, to be featured in an exhibit in June of 2017. The exhibit proved so popular that it continued on at Wayne State University. Mario Castellanos was selected by both locations to attend and demonstrate his carving techniques. Mario and his wife Reina have also been featured at museums in California and Arizona.
Approximate Measurements: 9 1/8" high x 4 1/2" wide x 4" deep