Oaxacan Ring Tailed Lemur by Epifanio Fuentes and Laurencia Santiago
Ring Tailed Lemur, c. 1980, by husband and wife Epifanio Fuentes and Laurencia Santiago, San Martín Tilcajete, Oaxaca, Mexico, copal wood, pigment, 16" high x 17" wide x 8" deep, mint condition
Epifanio Fuentes and Laurencia Santiago are from San Martín Tilcajete, Oaxaca, Mexico. Their tiny village is situated in a valley not far from the ancient Zapotec ruins of Monte Albán and Mitla. Many of the families in the village carve whimsical figures out of wood. Their inspiration comes from the twisted wood itself as well as religious, decorative and traditional designs. The Fuentes family is known for their daring use of color and imaginative figures, which include angels, animals, and saints.
Epifanio is one of several artists mentioned in the May 1991 edition of Smithsonian Magazine. His story and work are also featured in Oaxacan Woodcarving; The Magic in the Trees, by Shepard Barbash, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA. Epifanio has won numerous awards in regional and national contests and has participated in exhibitions throughout Mexico and the United States. Most notably he has exhibited his work at the International Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe, NM.