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Folk Art Wood Retablo Sculpture from Peru, "Yawar Fiesta"

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Celebrating the condor and its impressive size and strength, the yawar... more

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Celebrating the condor and its impressive size and strength, the yawar ("blood" in Quechua) fiesta takes place in Peru's Apurimac and Ayacucho regions. The condor represents the people of Peru, while the bull represents the Spanish. If the condor flies, this augurs a good harvest, and musicians accompany the event. Alejandro Chávez crafts the wooden box to house this retablo, or diorama and paints it in vivid colors. The figures are carefully modeled from ceramic plaster and painted by hand.

  • 1.00 kgs
  • 2.2 lbs
  • 30.5 cm H x 18.5 cm W x 7 cm D
  • 12" H x 7.25" W x 2.8" D

  • Plywood and ceramic
  • Signed by the artist
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Andesicon info
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11/15/2016

"Excellent Retablo"

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This is a warm and colorful retablo from Peru. Great Size and the figures of the people and the animals are so life like...This retablo is an excellent example of fine workmanship from the artisan. Rochelle New Jersey

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03/19/2020

"2nd retablo"

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This is my 2nd one and I love it just like the 1st one

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02/06/2020

"Beautiful piece of art!"

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This retablo is beautifully made and is a wonderful addition to our home. It is colorful, playful, and makes us smile. Thank you for your beautiful art!

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09/24/2017

"A point of interest atop our piano."

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I have wanted a Retablo for a long time. It is a lovely, happy example of this kind of folk art.

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06/16/2016

"Exuberant Peruvian retablo"

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This is a very handsome and exuberant contemporary non-religious Peruvian retablo.

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04/28/2021

"Beautiful!"

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Love this mask piece. Excellent workmanship.

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04/27/2021

"Beautiful!"

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Gorgeous piece! Great craftsmanship!

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04/11/2021

"A beautiful work of art!"

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Love it and was a wonderful addition to my collection.

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04/11/2021

"Beautiful and colorful"

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This mirror is so pretty. I really enjoy looking at it.

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From Delaware, USA

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04/01/2021

"Charming folk art"

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A beautiful work of art. Cant wait to give this gift.

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Great Day, Nativity scene

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03/30/2021

"Beautiful Creche Retablo"

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This is a very detailed, beautiful retablo rendition of the nativity story with colorful details from S. American culture. It has been displayed many times at the annual Christmas Creche Exhibit held every year in Palo Alto, CA. I am proud to have it as part of my nativity collection.

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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.

This artist striving to supporting their own or their family's basic needs and improve their livelihood.

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