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Gerardo and Teresa Ojeda

Wood alebrije sculptures in Mexico

“Hello, we are Gerardo and Teresa Ojeda. “My wife and I were fortunate that our parents were masters of this craft. When... read more

“Hello, we are Gerardo and Teresa Ojeda.

“My wife and I were fortunate that our parents were masters of this craft. When I married my wife, she and I began to work together and share our ideas, knowledge and love for this art: the wonder of making alebrije sculptures.

“Now, instilling the enthusiasm of our work in our daughters and family is a great experience, because in addition to teaching, we never stop acquiring knowledge and new techniques. We are very proud to continue this family tradition, and are willing to put all our effort, dedication and life into making these handicrafts.

“Copal wood is the main material for the elaboration of alebrijes. We use various tools such as machetes, knives, gouges, sandpaper, acrylic paints and brushes. Wood carving requires patience and care to avoid accidents with the machetes, knives and gouges. During the elaboration, my wife dedicates herself to the carving of the piece and its decoration. Our nephews sand the pieces, and my daughters have begun to acquire mastery in the “anchoring” technique, which consists of polishing the piece for a better finish.

“We want to capture the love for our culture, the beauty of nature through its colors and convey a story in each piece, accompanied by our feelings and dreams. In general, I like to make small pieces. They take time and require more precision, but the result is amazing, unexpected. More elaborate animals, such as the opossums, are challenging.

“Finally, we want to support our community. As artisans, we participate in the reforestation of copal wood, which they carry out every year. I have been fortunate to exhibit my work. Today, I am very proud of everything we have achieved.”

21 items by Gerardo and Teresa Ojeda

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Norma J

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01/04/2022

"Such a cute owl!"

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Well made and beautiful! I love his little face! A great addition to my owl collection!

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  • sitting anywhere, on a shelf
  • anywhere he can be seen
  • Small enough to fit anywhere, bold enough to stand out

Purchased Item:

Oviform Owl in Black and White, Signed Black and White Owl Alebrije Figure from Oaxaca

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Ruth

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01/03/2022

"Red Furbaby"

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My sister in law loved this cat sculpture. She especially likes the humor she finds in it. This is truly a wonderful gift.

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Crimson Cat, Red and Blue Arched Cat Alebrije Figure from Oaxaca

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