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Retablo, 'Chapel of Quinua' - Collectible Peruvian Wood Multicolor Retablo Sculpture Curate

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Collectible Peruvian Wood Multicolor Retablo Sculpture, "Chapel of Quinua"

Celestial scenes inhabit the upper composition of this altar, as figures in... more

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Celestial scenes inhabit the upper composition of this altar, as figures in traditional Andean attire celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ beneath a rich, floral canopy. This form of Peruvian folk art is known as the retablo, especially characteristic of the Ayacucho region. The frame is crafted by hand from wood, while Alejandro Chávez fills the shelves with tiny ceramic characters painted to joyous perfection.

  • 0.97 kgs
  • 2.1 lbs
  • 31 cm H x 18 cm W x 8 cm D
  • 12.25" H x 7" W x 3.2" D

  • Plywood and ceramic
  • Color(s) may vary slightly
  • Motif(s) may vary slightly
  • Free Gift Wrap? Yes
  • Premium Gift Wrap? Yes
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Andes
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Novica sales provide Alejandro's family workshop with a steady cash flow. These sales account for nearly half of their monthly income, helping to ensure their survival. Markets and other seasonal outlets provide supplemental income that contributes to their annual living expenses. In the coming years, Alejandro hopes to grow his workshop and better his family by increasing his Novica sales.

At school in Ayacucho, Alejandro began to learn the indigenous art of Andean retableria. Seeking to refine his craft, he apprenticed at the workshop of Angel Castro to learn the secrets of a master retablista. Upon his teacher's death, Alejandro founded his own workshop. There he began to incorporate his wife's modeled figures into his traditional retablos. Today Alejandro's nephews are his apprentices and his family workshop continues to craft their beloved retablos, which recount the culture and traditions of the Andes.

One year away from his 50th birthday, Alejandro and his wife adopted a son and a daughter (Jose and Carol) from their hometown. Today Alejandro continues to provide for the education of his children and his grandchild, who joined the family in 2018. His daughter Carol is studying accounting and his son Jose is at the police academy.

Alejandro Chavez has received 4 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $800 and the most recent for $1100. Proceeds were used to invest in the purchase of raw materials such as plaster, ceramic, plywood and paint.

Unable to have children, the couple decided to adopt two children from their hometown. Their daughter Carol now has a child and the two of them live with Alejandro and his wife.

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"Quintessential artistry from Peru"

This item is colorful and such a perfect example of the work we have come to love over the years from this wonderful country and its artisans. Perfect for my collection and would make a wonderful gift. Sharing the incarnation of Christ as well as a great story of this craft.

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33 Testimonials for Alejandro Chavez

I have ordered several items from this artist; his retablos are out of this world beautiful!


Dear Alejandro Chavez, I look look look at my nativity scene. It is magical with the night sky and stars and all of the Christmas mystery wrapped in the dark blue box. I feel like a child when I enter it. Thank you so much, Joan winchell


Maryland United States