Masterfully carved by Damian and intricately painted by his wife Beatriz, this is one special owl 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. 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! You can readily see the masterful painting touch that Beatriz adds to this spectacular carving! Full of intricacy, whimsy and character.. I just love the feet, the wings, the beak, the horns and the sunken eyes. Just a truly beautiful carving! This carving is signed by the artist, and there are no removable parts.
Approximate Measurements: 10 3/8" high x 7" wide x 5 3/4" deep
Artist: Damian Morales, Oaxaca, Mexico
Category: Oaxaca Wood Carving; Mexican Folk Art