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.
Approximate Measurements: 8" high x 12 3/4" wide x 5 1/4" deep