"We all strive to perpetuate the family's carving tradition, a legacy we have inherited from our ancestors."
"My name is Javier Claudio Ramirez Montalvo, and I was born on 2 December, 1974. I am a relative of the Montalvo Family, who are Novica featured artists. We all strive to perpetuate the family's carving tradition, a legacy we have inherited from our ancestors.
"In 2003 I decided to go my own way as I wanted to work on my original designs. I have always enjoyed carving! I love the look of wood, its color and natural appearance. My brother taught me how to find the detail in every little corner. He has inspired me to continue improving my work.
"I studied at the Don Bosco Art School for five years, and when I graduated they offered me a teaching position. I worked there for four years, until I decided to return to carving. I joined my family when they were commissioned to work on a screen for the Church of the Assumption, in my village. It meant a lot to each one of us. It was a great challenge and it is a fond memory that we now share.
"I describe my work as figurative. My ambition to become a great artist is what motivates me, and I would like my work to be remembered. I work with Inca themes as well as religious, which we sometimes forget.
"The greatest challenge I have faced is to survive in this art form, and explore other venues such as sculpting or painting.
"I hope Novica clients will like my work, which I have made dedication and care for you."
The carving of Jesus at Gethsemane is truly beautiful. I am very glad to have it.
- Geraldine M, Alameda, CA USA
I recently received Javier Ramirez' Chirst's Prayer on His Knees, and was not disappointed. The plaque is beautiful, and beautifully made, buth carving, and painting. Thanks much
- Bob Ross, moscow idaho usa
'Lord of Hosts' is an absolutely stunning piece of art. I will treasure it for years to come. Thank you for sharing your talents and gifts!
- Diane H., Omaha
I just received my Mary and Jesus carving, link below: I love it 100%! If I had the money, I would buy a lot more of Javier Ramirez's art. It is worth every penny!!!!!
- J Bouril, U.S.A
I just received my very beautiful wood carving of Christ Kneeling In Prayer. Javier's work is just inspiring to me. I knew that I just had to buy that carving when I first saw it! You can tell that the artist was inspired when he worked on this particular carving. I have a Spiritual feeling whenever I look at this beautiful wood carving of Christ. I want to "Thank you" for creating such beautiful work!
- S. W., Gilbert, AZ., USA
Javier's "Byzantine Crucifix" is a tremendous testament to his own personal skill and the great carving tradition of his family. Your work reveals such tenderness and love unbounded in the sacrifice of Christ. Thank you for choosing to share your talents and dedicate yourself to this art. Your crucifix has been reverently placed in my collection and with much admiration. All the best and many blessings! Again, Novica's mission and service is tremendous!
- Jeremy Woodard, Virginia/USA
I ordered four of your cedar relief panels (Angels). My husband and I love them. You are a very talented artist. My favourite is the cherub violinist. I hope you will make more cherub cedar relief panels.
- Gabrielle Gyori, Canada
Very beautiful work!
Indeed Mr Ramirez has a wonderful talent, and his work is beauty to behold. I am proud to have his art displayed in my home.
- Paul, Arlington, Virginia, USA
I purchased these items from Javier: Cedar relief panel, 'Blessed Good Shepherd', Cedar wood panel, 'Christ's Prayer on His Knees', Cedar relief panel, 'Our Lady of Guadalupe' and Cedar relief panel, 'In God's Hands'. All of these are excellent pieces of work and shows his dedication to his work. I really appreciate the efforts put in.
- Esther, Singapore
I wanted to buy my wife something beautiful, unique and durable for Christmas. I was delighted to find Javier Ramirez's cedar relief panel of the holy family. It is beautifully crafted. I'm glad that artisans like Javier benefit from Novica and hope that they receive a fair percentage of the profit made - at least 60%. Thank you Javier, keep up the good work
I purchased the wonderful relief carving of the Virgin of Guadalupe after making a KIVA loan to Javier. It arrived quickly, in perfect condition, and is beautiful beyond my wildest expectations.
Hola Javier Quiero dejarte saber que eres un expectaculat artista peruano.. Me encanto mucho tu obra de Jesus saliendo de las nubes.Los colores que usastes , los detalles de grabado ...excelente. Te felicito. No te detengas porque tienes mucho arte y mucha inspiracion. Un abrazo de tu amiga . Isabelita Febles Puerto Rico
I sent a piece to London by this artist. It was Mary and the baby Jesus. It was appropriate because the lady I sent it to had just had her first child. The photo of this item looked lovely and captivated my heart. I hoped the item looked as good as depicted in the photograph. It did. The comment I received from the recipient was. "It gave me goosebumps, it's so beautiful". She also said it was beautifully wrapped. Thank you Novica for a pleasant buying experience. It was very professional. I was informed of despatch and tracking along the way, and the item was beautifully presented. And "Thank You" to Javier Ramirez for an exquisite piece of art that will take pride of place in the baby's nursery. J. M. Brookings. OR. USA.