So unusual and just plain cool! The carving itself is spectacular and the color combinations are outstanding! I just love everything about this Meerkat! Mario Castellanos is one of the most tremendously talented wood carvers out there! His work is just incredible, 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 the rest! Roadrunner woodcarvings are a relatively new carving subject for Mario, and we love the finished product! Just so darn cool, with many little hidden details like the gold metallic face on the roadrunner. There is such a lovely sense of motion in the twisted position of the head, the long upright tail and the spindly legs. yet it is crafted of one solid piece of copal wood! The beautiful flow and balance of the patterns included in the lovely paint job by Mario's wife Reina, using patterns that are traditional to their Zapotec Indian heritage. Every single detail is perfection. There are no removable parts, and the Roadrunner was signed by the artists.
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: 14 7/8" high x 13" long x 4 1/4" deep