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The Art of Oaxacan Wood Carvings

The creative process in making a wooden figure begins with the artisan imagining a form. On occasion, ideas arise spontaneously but sometimes artisans take days or even months imagining a very special figure.

Oaxacan Communities Where "Alebrijes" Come Alive
By 1980 several other Arrazola families like the Santiago, Hernández, Aragón and Morales also devoted their lives to the carving of "monos" as they call these figures. Each family and within them, each artisan, sealed each figure with a personal touch.

Oaxaca Artist Heart of Mexico

 Oaxacan art flows directly from the spirit of its creators, form the world known  artists to the simple indigenous and peasant artist families.    Popular art is a way of seeing and feeling the world and life.  It is an ancestral way of expressing the most profound emotions that exalt human consciousness.
 

Woodcarving in Oaxaca            

In Oaxaca, woodcarving has existed since the ancestral times of the Mixteca-Zapoteca civilizations, as a form of recreating the artists' legendary sensibility and creativity. 

 

Oaxaca Facts

General information about Oaxaca...population, territory, statistics.

 

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