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Retablo, 'Scenes from My Land' - Handcrafted Religious Retablo Diorama Andean Folk Art Curate

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Handcrafted Religious Retablo Diorama Andean Folk Art, "Scenes from My Land"

This colorful retablo by Alejandro Chávez houses six scenes taken from Andean... more

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This colorful retablo by Alejandro Chávez houses six scenes taken from Andean beliefs and customs. The first features local animals, followed by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The third shelf features Andean shepherds followed by the traditional Hat Dance. The fifth scene is about picking prickly pears in Ayacucho and the last scene portrays a local celebratory dance. Each ceramic figurine is crafted and painted by hand.

  • 0.43 kgs
  • 0.9 lbs
  • Opened: 36.5 cm H x 17 cm W x 4 cm D
  • Opened: 14.25" H x 6.75" W x 1.6" D
  • Closed: 36.5 cm H x 8 cm W x 4 cm D
  • Closed: 14.25" H x 3.2" W x 1.6" D

  • Plywood and ceramic plaster
  • Signed by the artist
  • 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.

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

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"I love this piece"

Each shelf in the diorama take you into a different world

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"Beautifully made!"

I love this piece. It's so delicately made with variety of colors and it's very attractive. I enjoy looking at it. It was packaged with care and it included a ribbon with a small decorative piece of a traditional cultural doll. Thank you for having this unique piece available.

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"Wonderfull Retablo"

This is a wonderful story of the people in a miniature way. The many aspects of the community that are livelihood are represented. I love this retablo.

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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!

Joan

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

Michele

Maryland United States

 
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