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Wood retablo, 'Blue Andean Christmas' - Handcrafted Christian Theme Christmas Retablo Diorama Curate

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Blue Andean Christmas Handcrafted Christian Theme Christmas Retablo Diorama

Watching over their tiny son, Mary and Joseph smile as shepherds worship in the... more

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Watching over their tiny son, Mary and Joseph smile as shepherds worship in the blue Andean night. Beneath, an Andean hat shop offers sombreros for sale. Alejandro Chávez portrays the scenes on two levels in three dimensions. This traditional diorama is known as a retablo; each figurine is modeled and painted by hand.

  • 1.02 kgs
  • 2.2 lbs
  • Open: 30.5 cm H x 35.5 cm W x 6.5 cm D
  • Open: 12" H x 14" W x 2.6" D
  • Closed: 30.5 cm H x 17 cm W x 7 cm D
  • Closed: 12" H x 6.75" W x 2.8" D

  • Plywood and ceramic
  • Signed by the artist
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif 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 & 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.

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 live with Alejandro and his wife.

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I now have three retablos and each is unique and beautiful. The workmanship is exquisite and I will enjoy displaying them at Christmas for many years.

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Alejandro Chavez

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Alejandro Chavez

Traditional Andean retablos

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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