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  1. Oaxacan Wood Carving Andres Blas Eagle Bird
    $40.00
    One of our favorite trips on our travels in Oaxaca is to the village of San Pedro Cajonos! Situated high in the mountains three hours from Oaxaca City, this is one of the most idyllic settings that one may ever find! Perched at the top of the mountains, with sweeping views of the surrounding canyons and distant pueblos, San Pedro Cajonos kisses the clouds and shines in its art forms. One of the most famous of San Pedro Cajonos artists, is the Blas Family of wood carvers. Their style is so unique, and can be identified readily upon sight. Bright colors, and fine painting are their hallmarks. I absolutely love the Blas Family wood carvings! Andres Blas is the 24 year old son of Victoria Blas, and it is wonderful to see him carrying on the traditions passed down to him by his talented mother! I love how unique this eagle wood carving is. So cool and unusual, the painting technique is very detailed and the carving itself is full of detail !! Nicely painted and a great size, it will make an affordable addition to your collection. The piece is signed by the artist. The wings are all removable for safe shipping, and the legs separate from the painted wooden base. Approximate Measurements: 6 5/8" high x 6 7/8" wide x 3 1/4" deep Learn More
  2. Oaxacan Wood Carving Andres Blas Mushroom With Purple Green And Blue Worm
    $40.00
    One of our favorite trips on our travels in Oaxaca is to the village of San Pedro Cajonos! Situated high in the mountains three hours from Oaxaca City, this is one of the most idyllic settings that one may ever find! Perched at the top of the mountains, with sweeping views of the surrounding canyons and distant pueblos, San Pedro Cajonos kisses the clouds and shines in its art forms. One of the most famous of San Pedro Cajonos artists, is the Blas Family of wood carvers. Their style is so unique, and can be identified readily upon sight. Bright colors, and fine painting are their hallmarks. I absolutely love the Blas Family wood carvings! Andres Blas is the 24 year old son of Victoria Blas, and it is wonderful to see him carrying on the traditions passed down to him by his talented mother! These worms perched on a mushroom wood carvings by Andres are so full of magic !! Whimsical and fun, with bright and cheerful colors !! I love the creativity in this carving, with the mushroom appearing to grow out of an actual tree, that comes complete with actual bark. And the worm is resting on top of the mushroom and has long upright antennae! So cool and unusual !! Nicely painted and a great size, it will make an affordable addition to your collection. The piece is signed by the artist. The base, mushroom, mushroom cap, worm and antennae are all removable for safe shipping. Approximate Measurements: 9" high x 3 1/2" wide x 3 1/2" deep Learn More
  3. Oaxacan Wood Carving Andres Blas Seahorse Marine Life
    $40.00
    One of our favorite trips on our travels in Oaxaca is to the village of San Pedro Cajonos! Situated high in the mountains three hours from Oaxaca City, this is one of the most idyllic settings that one may ever find! Perched at the top of the mountains, with sweeping views of the surrounding canyons and distant pueblos, San Pedro Cajonos kisses the clouds and shines in its art forms. One of the most famous of San Pedro Cajonos artists, is the Blas Family of wood carvers. Their style is so unique, and can be identified readily upon sight. Bright colors, and fine painting are their hallmarks. I absolutely love the Blas Family wood carvings! Andres Blas is the 24 year old son of Victoria Blas, and it is wonderful to see him carrying on the traditions passed down to him by his talented mother! These incredible seahorse wood carvings by Andres are pure fantasy and joy !! Full of whimsy and fun, and bright and cheerful colors!! For such an economical piece, these sea horses are packed with a difficult to achieve sense of motion, with the curvature of the body and the alert positioning of the head! I love these. Nicely painted and a great size, it will make an affordable addition to your collection. The piece is signed by the artist, the wings are removable, and the seahorse separates from the base for safe shipping. Approximate Measurements: 5 5/8" high x 4 1/4" wide x 4" deep Learn More
  4. Oaxacan Wood Carving Armando Jimenez Black Fox
    $150.00
    This fox wood carving is one of Armando Jimenez' all time classic designs. It has all of the curiosity and whimsy that we love in Mexican Folk Art! Armando Jimenez is the grandson of the master carver Manuel Jimenez, who is credited with creating the whole movement of the Oaxacan wood carvings, also sometimes referred to as alebrijes (although the term alebrije is more appropriately attributed to the paper mache figures from the Linares Family of Mexico City). Armando works next door to his brother Moises, and the carvings of both of these very talented men are in high demand. What a great way to support a living legacy, and an art form that has been passed down within the family. Armando and Moises pieces, while adhering to the traditional painting style of their family, shows incredible range of creativity in the whimsical animals depicted ... animals often not native to Oaxaca. This unusual fox wood carving would make a special, and unusual, addition to your collection. Who could resist this one? A fantastic carving, full of a fantastic sense of whimsy and motion, in the twisted backwards positioning of the head, the huge fluffy tail and the tall and perky ears. It is so fun to see that Armando is still carving one of his old time classic designs! There are no removable parts and the carving is signed by Armando Jimenez, his wife Antonia and their son Alejandro. Approximate Measurements: 7" high x 7" wide x 6 1/2" deep Learn More
  5. Oaxacan Wood Carving Armando Jimenez Blue Moose
    $195.00
    This fantastic and fun blue moose wood carving has all of the whimsy and charm that we love in Mexican Folk Art! Armando Jimenez is the grandson of the master carver Manuel Jimenez, who is credited with creating the whole movement of the Oaxacan wood carvings, also sometimes referred to as alebrijes (although the term alebrije is more appropriately attributed to the paper mache figures from the Linares Family of Mexico City). Armando has traditionally worked next door to his brother Moises, and the carvings of both of these very talented men are in high demand. What a great way to support a living legacy, and an art form that has been passed down within the family. Armando and Moises pieces, while adhering to the traditional painting style of their family, shows incredible range of creativity in the whimsical animals depicted ... animals often not native to Oaxaca. This blue moose is one of our favorites from Armando Jimenez. Full of shear fun and beauty. From the polka dots and carved details on the antlers, to the pink hooves and the stubby tail...this gorgeous piece is just full of humor! And the craving itself is full of a difficult to achieve sense of movement in the positioning of the legs and head, and the craved deep set eyes. The ears, antlers and tail are removable for safe shipping. This blue moose will make the perfect addition to your collection. It is signed by Armando Jimenez and his wife Antonia, as well as their son Alejandro. Approximate Measurements: 7 7/8” high x 13 3/4” long x 6 3/4” deep Learn More
  6. Oaxacan Wood Carving Armando Jimenez Large Red Raccoon
    $168.00
    This incredible red raccoon is just plain cool! He knows he is different, and displays quite the attitude. A great piece from Armando Jimenez. Armando is the grandson of the master carver Manuel Jimenez, who is credited with creating the whole movement of the Oaxacan wood carvings, also sometimes referred to as alebrijes (although the term alebrije is more appropriately attributed to the paper mache figures from the Linares Family of Mexico City). Armando works closely with his brother Moises, and the carvings of both of these very talented men are in high demand. What a great way to support a living legacy, and an art form that has been passed down within the family. Armando and Moises pieces, while adhering to the traditional painting style of their family, shows incredible range of creativity in the whimsical animals depicted ... animals often not native to Oaxaca. We just love this raccoon and his bright accent colors on a red and black background, the eyes masked in black, the pointy snout, the protruding ears, the whiskers and the long chubby tail that curves in the air above the raccoon. The face is really sweet too. An affordable addition to your collection, or a great way to start a collection of quality carvings. There are no removable parts. This Raccoon is signed by Armando and his wife Antonia, as well as their son Alejandro. Approximate Measurements: 9 1/2" high x 4 3/4" wide x 6 5/8" deep Learn More
  7. Oaxacan Wood Carving Armando Jimenez Red Bull With Traditional Oaxacan Floral Pattern
    $168.00
    This fantastic red bull wood carving has all of the curiosity and whimsy that we love in Mexican Folk Art! Armando Jimenez is the grandson of the master carver Manuel Jimenez, who is credited with creating the whole movement of the Oaxacan wood carvings, also sometimes referred to as alebrijes (although the term alebrije is more appropriately attributed to the paper mache figures from the Linares Family of Mexico City). Armando works next door to his brother Moises, and the carvings of both of these very talented men are in high demand. What a great way to support a living legacy, and an art form that has been passed down within the family. Armando and Moises pieces, while adhering to the traditional painting style of their family, shows incredible range of creativity in the whimsical animals depicted ... animals often not native to Oaxaca. This red bull wood carving with a traditional Oaxacan floral pattern on the hind legs would make a special, and unusual, addition to your collection. Who could resist this one? A fantastic carving, full of a fantastic sense of motion, both in the positioning of the legs, the curled tail, and the curved horns. We love how the artist has added the traditional floral pattern on the hind legs, a pattern that reminds us of the intricate traditional flowers that are embroidered on women's blouses in Oaxaca! There are no removable parts and the carving is signed by Armando Jimenez, his wife Antonia, and their son Alejandro. This one is sure not to last! Learn More
  8. Oaxacan Wood Carving Candido Jimenez Large Blue And Red Giraffe With Salamanders Lizards Geckos
    $89.00
    Incredible Giraffe Wood Carving... full of whimsy and creativity! This giraffe wood carving was hand carved and hand painted by the very talented Candido Jimenez. Candido is one of the brothers of Maria Jimenez. Together with their brothers, Aaron, Miguel and Alberto, they produce some of the highest quality carvings in the village of San Martin Tilcajete. Maria started off practicing embroidery, while her brothers followed the traditional path of wood carving. When her oldest brother Aaron, who carved and painted his own figures, had trouble selling his pieces commercially, Maria stepped in and began painting the figures for her brother. She borrowed her designs from the intricate embroidery patterns that she used, and her brother's business quickly became successful. The family pieces have an elegance that stands out in the village. This giraffe is definitely no exception. We just love the the lizard or salamander pattern that appears to wiggle all across the surface, the long legs, the adorable face, the curvature of the neck, the cactus fiber mane and the tail crafted of thread. It has all the qualities of whimsy and color that we love in Mexican Folk Art. The ossicones and ears are removable for safe shipping, and the piece has been signed by the artist. Approximate Measurements: 16 1/2" high x 6" wide x 3 3/4" deep Learn More
  9. Oaxacan Wood Carving Claudia Jimenez Lucky Green Elephant With Flowers
    $60.00
    We just love the bright pops of color and the whimsy of this green elephant, with it's gorgeous floral design! This wood carving was hand painted by Claudia Jimenez, the daughter of the world renowned Candido Jimenez, and the niece of Maria Jimenez. As young artist who grew up surrounded by the art work of her family, Claudia favors the painting style created by her aunt. Maria Jimenez works closely with her brothers Candido, Aaron, Miguel and Alberto to produce some of the highest quality carvings in the village of San Martin Tilcajete. Maria started off practicing embroidery, while her brothers followed the traditional path of wood carving. When her oldest brother Aaron, who carved and painted his own figures, had trouble selling his pieces commercially, Maria stepped in and began painting the figures for her brother. She borrowed her designs from the intricate embroidery patterns that she used, and her brother's business quickly became successful. Nowadays, she signs the pieces that she paints, and her brothers sign the pieces that they (or their wives) paint. Now we have a second generation in the family to carry on these incredible traditions! This is so exciting, as it gives hope that these traditions, as well as this beautiful family style, will live on in the future. The family pieces have an elegance that stands out in the village. We just love the colorful floral pattern, the large ears, the adorable face and the lucky positioning of the long trunk! It has all the qualities of whimsy and color that we love in Mexican Folk Art. The hand painted flowers are gorgeous, and painted to museum quality by a young artist! Claudia has even won an award for her work through the Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art's annual juried art competition for young artists under 30 years of age! The tusks and tail are removable for safe shipping, and the piece has been signed by the artist. Learn More
  10. Oaxacan Wood Carving Damian Morales Longhorn Bull Toro
    $195.00
    Masterfully carved by Damian and intricately painted by his wife Beatriz, this is one gorgeous carving! Damian began carving animals out of copal at the young age of 11 years old, but was selling these carvings as unpainted figures to other members of his community. But his work dramatically changed after meeting, and subsequently marrying, Beatriz Ramirez at the age of 19. Beatriz hails from a wood carving family, and had already honed her skills as a talented painter by working with her brothers. Her paint style is intricate and precise, with a lovely sense of the shading of colors. Together Damian and Beatriz make a powerful force in the world of Oaxacan wood carvings! I love the shading of colors on this toro bull, the bright blue eyes, the long horns, and the incredible sense of movement in the legs, tail and arched back. A beautiful and unusual carving! This bull was signed by Damian and Beatriz Morales, and there are no removable parts. Learn More

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