My Monkey Friend Wood Statuette

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My Monkey Friend Wood Statuette

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Hola! We're Zeny Fuentes and Reyna Piña, we are married and we're from a small town in Oaxaca, says Zeny by way of introduction. We both come from families dedicated to carving and painting wood in a style known as alebrije. Our parents were master carvers and they taught each of us when we were little kids. We studied different things too, but what we really like to do is crafting alebrijes and continue with our families' traditions. I still recall the first piece I ever carved. It was a duck and it got sent to the Museum of Light in San Antonio! Since then I've had the good fortune to exhibit my work in different museums and galleries in the U.S. - the first one was in Arizona when I was only 14 years old. Now Reyna and I exhibit together, and some of our alebrijes are on show in Israel and in Germany. Our work has also been sponsored by a renowned Mexican stationary company, who transformed our wood sculptures into paper. Reyna and I have different styles when it comes to alebrijes, and when we got married we decided to combine our ideas, creating our own version: our artistic identity where color and sculpture have a specific meaning. You could say we conceived a life filled with colors and a love for nature as well as for our huge cultural heritage. And now we share our love for this art with our children, who will preserve their family legacy. Our raw materials include reclaimed tree trunks and branches as well as roots from dead trees, or the ones that we find in fields and rivers. We use the dust that comes off after sanding a piece to fill in the cracks that a piece of wood may have, and we use the thorn of a maguey to paint the more delicate motifs. Each alebrije is crafted by hand. The government of Oaxaca and the Tourist Ministry have both recognized our work as and named us master wood artisans and for promoting this cultural art form across the borders. In 2012, we received an award during Mexico's National Exhibition of Artesanias (ENART) for our sculpture 'The Wild Bull of the Sun and Day.' We love spending our free time in the nearby fields and rivers and admiring nature while sitting atop a mountain or hill. This is reflected in the work that we do, which is special and authentic. An event that had a big effect on us was when we were invited to teach our work to children with different capabilities in a school in Michigan. Among them was a boy who would not obey, wouldn't eat and wouldn't pay attention. Regardless, we began to teach and I started carving a log of wood into a bear, and this kid was amazed by the magic of transforming wood into an animal. I caught his attention and I helped him make a sponge from a block of floral foam. When she told us this, we felt a great sense of satisfaction. We had no idea how much we could help someone - a child - through our art. We Look upon Novica as a door that opens the world where Reyna and I can show people our work. We would like to express our thanks to all of you who find interest in the wonderful world of Mexican alebrijes.

Product Features
  • Dimension :4.3" H x 2.4" W x 2" D
  • Weight :0.13
  • Color :Orange
  • Copal wood
  • Signed by the artist
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Made In :Mexico

Story behind the art :With a smiling if startled expression, this lovely monkey comes with a promise of friendship. From Zeny and Reyna, the endearing statuette is carved of copal wood and painted by hand with a palette of cheerful colors that includes orange, red, blue, green, yellow, and pink.


The handcrafted touch of artisan skill creates variations in color, size and design. If buying two of the same item, slight differences should be expected. Note: Color discrepancies may occur between this product and your computer screen.

Imported
Country of Origin: Mexico

Specifications

Item #
33516737
Material
Wood
Type
Statues
Season or Holiday
All Seasons
Color
Orange
Commercial
Yes
Product Features
Handmade
Worldstock
Worldstock
Dimensions
2.0 In. X 2.4 In. X 4.3 In.
Model Number
218231

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