Magical Lizard by Gerardo Ramirez Arrazola, Oaxaca, Mexico copal wood, pigment 4.5" h x 16" long x 14" wide
note: this carving is one piece of wood. The carving, especially in the intricate curves of the tail, is extraordinary.
From humble beginnings 35 years ago, to international recognition today, the wood carvers of Oaxaca continue to delight crowds with their whimsical designs and festive colors. Each figure is carved by hand from the wood of the copal tree, often with nothing more than simple household knives and a machete.
Afterwards, the figures are painted in stunning detail with a steady hand and brilliant acrylic colors. The end result is a one-of-a-kind work of art, often worthy of standing alongside the artwork of our most talented contemporary artists.
This talent is now being passed down to the third generation of Oaxacan carvers, many of whom still believe their figures will bring good luck to the potential owner.