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, 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 intricate iguana lizard wood carving is full of movement, and it is the signature piece that became Mario's claim to fame! The intricately coiled tail and the twisting body position are simply amazing! And the paint technique is colorful and detailed, and in this instance painted with the designs that first drew collector's to Mario's home. Movement, tradition, museum quality and a touch of whimsy...of our favorite qualities in Oaxacan carvings. This coiled tail iguana is carved out of the traditional locally sourced Copal Wood. The intricacy shows the expert skill level of the carver. Then combine it with the beautiful and traditional paint design that is done by Mario's wife Reina Ramirez, and you have a truly amazing work of art! There are no removable parts, and the iguana is 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: 2 3/4" high x 11" long x 10" deep