The work of the Pedro Martinez Family of San Bartolo Coyotepec is beyond compare! Carlomagno Pedro Martínez is a world renowned artist in barro negro (black clay) sculptures made of earthenware clay, He is arguably the most famous of his family, and has achieved worldwide recognition both for the quality of his work, and the legends that are incorporated into his work. These sculptures are burnished by hand and then fired in smoke-filled pits or kilns to leave a deep black surface. Director of the Museo Estatal de ArtePopular de Oaxaca (Museum of Popular Art of Oaxaca), just outside of Oaxaca City, Carlomagno has been recognized as a master sculptor since his early childhood. His unique style has earned him a place in the book Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art, published by Fomento Cultural Banamex, in 2001 and Mexico’s Premio Nacional de la Juventud in the late 1980s, the highest national award given a young artist for his work. The clay is sourced very near the village on the side of a mountain and between two rivers. it is hand processed, and then used by the villagers to create their famous black pottery work. Carlomagno's sculptures focus on the day of the dead, and legends of the Zapotec culture that were taught to him by his grandfather when he was a young boy. He is an ardent advocate for the traditions of the Zapotec people, and works with the young folk artists in Oaxaca to keep them practicing their traditions. We are proud and honored to be able to carry his work here online. We have had the pleasure of listening to Carlomagno relay the legends of his culture, and are fascinated by all of the stories. He is a true talent, and an even more incredible and honorable man. This particular piece is a representation of a grandmother seated on a tree stump, with a turkey in front of her. The grandmother is wrapped in a traditional rebozo shawl that you see women in Oaxaca wearing everywhere, but most commonly used by the indigenous women to carry young children or goods to and from market. The turkey at her feet is the Zapotec symbol of the transition from day ot night, or night to day. It is a symbol of the leaving of the past behind, and a fresh start. We love this!
Approximate Measurements: 8 1/4" high x 3 1/2" wide x 7" deep