Christianity Wood Retablo Folk Art from the Andes, 'Nativity Scene'
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Open: 19 cm H x 33.5 cm W x 6 cm D
Open: 7.5" H x 13.25" W x 2.4" D
Closed: 19 cm H x 16.5 cm W x 6.5 cm D
Closed: 7.5" H x 6.5" W x 2.6" D
- Plywood and ceramic
- Signed by the artist
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"In every one of my creations I hope you will be able to recognize my great love for this art form."
Alejandro Chávez was born on January 30, 1956. He specializes in the creations of retablos, a kind of reverent diorama-altar typical of the Ayacucho region of Peru. He learned this technique as a boy in school, when he was 17 years old and living in Ayacucho, where his parents moved when he was just 2 years old.
When Chávez returned to his hometown, he began working in the studio of Angel Castro, a master artisan. Here he refined his techniques in the creation of retablos, eagerly learning the art from his teacher. Later, Chávez formed his own workshop after the death of his teacher, continuing to give shape to this art form. The customs and traditions of the Andean people emerge in every piece.
"In every one of my creations I hope you will be able to recognize my great love for this art form. You will also fine the contributions of my wife as well, for she molds the characters. I am currently teaching my nieces and nephews as well.
"I sincerely hope that you enjoy your retablo, which brings together the culture and traditions of the Andes."
I purchased a painted wood mirror, ""Jesus in Ayacucho,"" because I liked the colors and the nativity scene. I was not disappointed! The life in this work is apparent throughout. Much color and detail, the figures placed around the frame are full of character. I highly recommend this artist's work for its craftsmanship and quality.
THE WORKMANSHIP AND ARTISTRY OF THESE PIECES IS EXQUISITE. SUCH ATTENTION TO DETAIL SHOWS A TRUE LOVE OF THE ARTIST FOR HIS SUBJECT. I LOVE NOVICA AND THE CHANCE IT GIVES ME TO SUPPORT THE ARTS AND CRAFTS OF OTHER COUNTRIES. P. L.
We received the ""Huts"" plaster ornaments today, and we are so moved by their beauty and craftsmanship. We will be proud to display them in our home and share them with friends who have visited and love Peru. Thank you, Senor Chavez, for sharing your talent with us, and thank you, Novica, for making it possible!
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