I absolutely adore Mario Castellanos' snake wood carvings! Such detail in the carving, such intricacy capped off perfectly with a bold painted design filled with traditional Zapotec Indian imagery! Mario Castellanos is one of the most incredibly talented and sought after Oaxacan wood carvers out there! His work is just fantastic, 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 modern 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 most carvers.
This is such a high quality carving that you almost cannot believe that it was hand carved! Only a master artist could achieve this level of detail out of a solid piece of Copal wood. There is such beauty in this piece, yet it still captures the power of the awesome snake. Coiled snakes are hard difficult to carve, but Mario goes even further with the intricacy of the multiple coils that are completed by a rattle at the end. WOW!! And the only removable piece to the carving is the tongues. Then combine it with the bold and delightful paint design that is done by Mario's wife Reina Ramirez, while still paying tribute to their Zapotec ancestors though the patterns... then you have near perfection! I love the shine of the metallic gold accents. Most definitely museum quality! The piece was signed by the artist.
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: 5 1/8" high x 10 1/4" long x 6" deep