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This is a gorgeous hand carved and painted Owl that stands 11″ tall ,8″ Long and 6″ wide.
Julia Fuentes paints the animal-figures by her husband Juan. she uses a herringbone pattern on her larger alebrijes which are frequently decorated with Zapotec patterns. She is a very good painter.
The animal wood carvings that are the couple’s trademark portray a wonderful sense of movement and curiosity. Their painting style is at the top of their field, and reflects an expert level of shading with a sense of graduation in the colors. Although Julia uses her fine art studies to refine the painting techniques found in Oaxacan wood carvings, she honors the traditions that her family is famous for. Most notable is her use of Zapotec Indian symbolism as medallions that often appear on the body of the animal, creating a fusion between the past and the present. One of our favorite of the symbols that the couple uses in their work is that of the Pre-Hispanic owl that the Zapotecs believe is the messenger between humans and the gods. The couple maintains the sense of color and whimsy that these woodcarvings are known affectionately for, but raise the carvings to a fine art level.
Their work often combines a beautiful band work reminiscent of herringbone patterns, with a stunning combination of colors that immediately catches the eye.Their work is carried in major folk art galleries around the world. Julia Fuentes and Jose Juan Melchor are the rising stars of the Oaxacan wood carvings.
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