Monday, August 26, 2013

Oaxacan Wood Carvings

Mexican Folk Art Oaxacan Wood Carving Terrific Turtle Jacobo y Maria Angeles

This is a wonderful carving of a terrific turtle carved from a single piece of copal wood. This piece stands 9.5" tall, is 6.5" long, and is 6.5" wide.

Jacobo and Maria Angeles Ojeda from San Martin Tilcajete, Oaxaca are undoubtedly two of the most collected artists today in Oaxaca. Their pieces have been exhibited Museums and institutions including the Smithsonian Native American Museum, the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, they have a new book out in Germany and have a major exhibition coming up next year in Japan. This summer they will be in Santa Fe at the International Folk Art Market. 

Jacobo and Maria continually show in the US but a visit to Oaxaca just isn't the same without visiting their workshop. At the entrance to the village is their restaurant the Azucena Zapoteca, one of the finest places for traditional Zapotec cuisine. A few blocks into the village you can find their workshop where the whole family is carving, sanding, designing, painting, repairing. They have a commercial line of wood carvings with more simple designs, jewelry, metal garden figures and are always evolving and changing.



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