This is my favorite wood carving from Saul and Alma Aragon, and the one that I look to as their signature piece. We are so excited to be able to actually feature it here on our website. It normally sells out at our museum shows before we ever get a chance to list it.
We met this wonderfully talented couple on one of our last trips to Oaxaca, and we are so excited to now carry their spectacular wood carvings! Saul and Alma are from Arrazola, a beautiful town just outside of Oaxaca City, and the village that many would call the birthplace of the Oaxacan Wood Carvings. Arrazola is located close to the famous ruins of Monte Alban and the newly opened ruins at Atzompa. The area is rich in history and tradition, and you can readily see the traditional patterns displayed prominently in the designs of Saul and Alma. The family has been carving these fantastic pieces since the 1980's, and their expertise really shows. Although paying homage to the traditions of the past, Saul and Alma are always looking towards the future as well. Saul is the President of the EcoAlebrijes Association, a cooperative of fifteen families from Arrazola that are committed to respecting the natural resources used in their work, and protecting the future of the copal trees from which the carvers craft these fantastic creatures that we all love so much. We especially love their reforestation projects!
This octopus is full of whimsy and special creative details.. perfect in both the actual carving and the painting. It has such a spectacular and hard to achieve sense of movement in the wild tentacles flying through the air in circular movement!! I just love this! And the painting technique is full of a wonderful texture with raised painted circles in a burst of cheerful color! I just cannot say enough good things about this spectacular carving! This piece was signed by the artists, and there are no removable parts! Grab this one!
Approximate Measurements: 5 1/4" high x 11 1/4" wide x 12 1/4" deep