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Hand Crafted Andean Wood Bullfight Retablo, "Andean Bullfight"

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Set between a nativity scene and a band of traditional musicians, a bullfight... more

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Set between a nativity scene and a band of traditional musicians, a bullfight takes place in the Andes. Spectators gather around while the tradition and color of the corrida de toros – running of the bulls – is played out in vivid drama. This traditional Spanish pageant of valor and grace is equally vital in Peru. Alejandro Chávez crafts the wooden box to house a retablo, or diorama and paints it with floral motifs. The figures are carefully modeled from ceramic plaster and painted by hand.

  • 5.01 kgs
  • 11.0 lbs
  • 65 cm H x 34 cm W x 12 cm D
  • 25.5" H x 13.5" W x 4.7" D

  • Plywood and ceramic
  • Signed by the artist
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in the Andesicon info
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Dr. Rajesh Balkrishnan

From Charlottesville, VA, USA

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10/02/2019

"Beautiful Andean Art"

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Beautiful retablos from this artist. Intricate, detailed and charming. Great accents to any home!

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Andean Bullfight, Hand Crafted Andean Wood Bullfight Retablo

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Roy

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07/30/2019

"This Is a Gift"

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I havent taken it all out the box, I dont want any parts to go missing. But from what I did see it is so beautiful. I cant hardly wait for his B-day to give it to my Husband. He will be retiring soon (I hope) he has been talking about building a miniature suburb/town, he has a train set he has had since he was a kid. He has been collecting miniature homes and people. I thought this would be a great addition for his project. Ive also bought him a fairy house (made from a Gourd) so I thought this would also look great. I think I got a great deal. The craftsmanship is so right on! Thanks!

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Andean Bullfight, Hand Crafted Andean Wood Bullfight Retablo

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Gift Occasion:
  • This was a gift for: Husband
  • Occasion: birthday

MARIELA

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01/13/2022

"Beautifil Nativity!"

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Beyond expectations. Beautifully crafted. Received on time for Christmas. Very well packed. Highly recommended

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Blue Nativity, Handmade Wood Retablo Diorama Peruvian Folk Art

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Gloria

From Apple Valley, Utah, USA

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12/29/2021

"Opening the doors to a world of Mystery"

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This wonderful work of art by el Señor Chavez made me and my partner smile with delight. It brought to us a child like joy of discovery each time we search the masks for a new face. We are very happy with our retablo and thank the artist so much!

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Mask Collection, Unique Wood Retablo Folk Art Mask Theme Sculpture

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Edward

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12/28/2021

"Extraordinary!"

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They are the work of a master sculptor and artist. Tiny yet very expressive!

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Beverly

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12/19/2021

"Great Christmas gift!"

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I just love this and was so excited to gift it to special friends who already have a lifetime of accumulated decorations nothing like this!

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  • This was a gift for: Friend
  • Occasion: Christmas

Your Purchase Makes a Difference!

Profound Impact

Profound Impact

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.

Preserving Traditions

Preserving Traditions

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.

Enabling Education

Enabling Education

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.

Microcredit Financing

Microcredit Financing

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.

Covering Basic Needs

Covering Basic Needs

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

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