Reina Ramirez is the recently separated wife of the famous Master Carver Mario Castellanos. Reina is the genius that developed the painting techniques that the couple became famous for. Since Reina hails from a traditional wood carving family, Reina inspired much of their work. Now that they are separated, it is fantastic to see Reina carrying on her famous family's tradition, and seeking to make a name for herself finally in the world of Oaxacan wood carvings. We love supporting women owned enterprises, so we are so proud to share her work with you. We have invited Reina many times as a featured artist at our museum shows in California and Arizona. The museum patrons are always excited to see her in action, as painting is what she loves to do most, and it always shows!
This intricate iguana lizard wood carving is full of a gorgeous and hard to achieve sense of movement! 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 and Reina'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. Combine it with the beautiful and traditional paint design done by Reina Ramirez, and you have a truly amazing work of art! There are no removable parts, and the iguana is signed by the artist.
Approximate Measurements: 3 5/8" high x 12 1/2" long x 9 3/4" deep