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Erika Ulloa

Erika Ulloa

Retablo-style nativity scenes in The Andes

"It fills me with pride to know that my retablos will be going to different parts of the world where the culture is totally different… but just as beautiful as my own."

"I'm Erika Ulloa Vilchez. I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Tarma. My parents taught me so much about life... read more

"I'm Erika Ulloa Vilchez. I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Tarma. My parents taught me so much about life and about Peru. As a child, I loved to play volleyball and I still do, although I no longer can very much because I dedicate a lot of my time to my family.

"My parents worked in ceramics, crafting clay jars by hand. I helped them with production and marketing, and this is where my loved for handicrafts began.

"In 2000, I got a job in the workshop of Lopez Antoy, whose work with our traditional retablos, or dioramas is renowned. I realized how much this art form attracts me, and I learned a lot from him. Once I started crafting retablos, I was never able to stop.

"I'd describe this beautiful art form as a glimpse of my culture and our Andean traditions. I love my country and want the entire world to get acquainted with it and understand it. I'd like my designs to reach the far corners of the globe so that Peru can be better known and loved. This goal is a source of motivation for me.

"It also implies actually experiencing the way our culture is lived. My hometown is a beautiful place in the Peruvian Andes with wonderful people who work on farms, raise animals and are artisans. I show these activities in my dioramas, while also expressing my religious faith, which is very important to me. In fact, a number of my designs depict the birth of the Christ child. This is all a part of my life and the passion I feel inside.

"My greatest challenge in life has definitely been raising my young children. It's a 24/7 job that no one prepares you for. People can give you advice, but no one knows what it's like to be a mother until you hold your baby in your arms. It's a feeling that's hard to explain.

"I also want to continue growing as a person and as an artisan.

"I've exhibited my work in small Christmas fairs and Independence Day celebrations, and once they were on display in the Congressional Building and in the Museo de la Nación, but only briefly.

"I'd like to thank all you for permitting me to show you my art and for appreciating its beauty. But above all, I'm thrilled that you can get to know our Andean way of life. It fills me with pride to know that my retablos will be going to different parts of the world where the culture is totally different… but just as beautiful as my own."

8 items by Erika Ulloa

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Sara

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11/15/2021

"Lovely gift. And we ll received!!"

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Such a wonderful creative retablo! Beautifully made and protectively wrapped!!

Purchased Item:

Animal Orchestra, Whimsical Hand-Painted Wood and Ceramic Retablo from Peru

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Anaisabel

From Houston, TX

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04/20/2021

"Beautifully crafted"

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The retablo came just as pictured. Very detailed and beautiful. It brings life to our prayer nook.

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Passion of Jesus, Ceramic and Wood Christian Retablo from Peru

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JAMES

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04/04/2021

"Beautiful work of art and inspiration"

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This piece exceeded my expectations. It is beautiful; great attention to detail and the colors are vibrant. It is inspiring!

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Lord of Miracles, Ceramic and Wood Crucifix Retablo from Peru

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Stephanie

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01/18/2021

"Exquisite artistry"

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The care with which the artist worked is so very evident in this piece. It is darkly comic, with a band of horned creatures playing a musical tune on various instruments. I love it

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Animal Orchestra, Whimsical Hand-Painted Wood and Ceramic Retablo from Peru

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Paula

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01/15/2021

"Gorgeous"

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Absolutely colorful and stunning. Closed, year round; Opened, during Christmas Season. Blessings.

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Christmas Fiesta, Handmade Andean Retablo Nativity Scene

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Michael H.

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12/31/2020

"lovely piece of craftmanship"

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it was just what i expected

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Passion of Jesus, Ceramic and Wood Christian Retablo from Peru

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