Oaxacan Woodcarvings

DeSilva Imports is a leading source of high quality and fairly traded Oaxacan wood carvings that have been hand selected for our customers. We feature many animals that include coyotes, bears, elephants, turtles, cows, lions, frogs, reptiles, snakes, dogs, cats, day of the dead figures, musical animals, roadrunners, snails, fox, possum, owl, giraffes, hummingbirds, javelina, and much more. We are an excellent source for all your Mexican folk art collectables. Oaxaca is our first love and the reason we began selling online. Featured artists include Julia Fuentes, Mario Castellanos, Jacobo Angeles, David Blas, Maria Jimenez, Candido Jimenez and Roberta Angeles.

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  1. Oaxacan Wood Carving Armando Jimenez Large Black Bull

    Oaxacan Wood Carving Armando Jimenez Large Black Bull

    $180.00
    Very cool! I just love this bull wood carving! This bull or toro wood carving is a great example of the work of Armando Jimenez. Armando Jimenez is the grandson of the master carver Manuel Jimenez, who is credited with creating the whole movement of the Oaxacan wood carvings, also sometimes referred to as alebrijes (although the term alebrije is more appropriately attributed to the paper mache figures from the Linares Family of Mexico City). Armando works closely with his brother Moises, and the carvings of both of these very talented men are in high demand. What a great way to support a living legacy, and an art form that has been passed down within the family. Armando and Moises pieces, while adhering to the traditional painting style of their family, shows incredible range of creativity in the whimsical animals depicted ... animals often not native to Oaxaca. What a great sense of movement in this bull... it really looks as if it was ready to charge, and caught in the act. We just love the attention to detail in this piece... the white horns, the perfect snout, the red base color with the traditional black lines, and the curving tail. This bull wood carving would make a special and unusual addition to your collection. The tail is removable for safe shipping. It is signed by Armando Jimenez and his wife Antonia. Learn More

  2. Oaxacan Wood Carving Big Horn Sheep David Fabian And Yesenia Salgado Museum Quality Artist Collaboration With .925 Sterling Silver Oaxaca Filigree Work

    Oaxacan Wood Carving Big Horn Sheep David Fabian And Yesenia Salgado Museum Quality Artist Collaboration With .925 Sterling Silver Oaxaca Filigree Work

    Regular Price: $595.00

    Special Price: $495.00

    Yesenia Salgado Tellez is a highly skilled metal worker who creates masterful sterling silver pieces in the ancient and disappearing filigree jewelry style that Oaxaca, Mexico was previously known for. Yesenia melts her own silver and crafts the sheets and wires and silver solder to her exacting specifications. She uses the wire to individually craft each tiny part of the design of her pieces, then solders them together on top of a piece of specially made charcoal. Each piece is handcrafted with love and tradition... and tons of labor! She is a powerful and talented voice for the importance of preserving folk art traditions that are rapidly being replaced with the mass production of products without a human hand, nor a spirit of creativity behind them. At only 29 years of age, and the youngest member of her family, she is already winning awards for her precise and lovely silversmithing. She began metalsmithing at only sixteen years of age! With her own hands she is able to craft a gorgeous range of jewelry that pays homage to her ancestors and the traditions that were passed on to her by her very own parents. David Fabian is a highly skilled young carver from the well known Fabian Family who live in the village of San Martin Tilcajete. He is known for his intricate one piece carvings that are full of a difficult to achieve sense of movement. As a young carver, he is somewhat of a hidden talent to collectors. It is always fun to discover new talent, so we are so happy to now carry his work. This carving is divine, and we first thought it was the work of a much older carver! We just love the beauty of pieces done in collaboration with artists, especially when both artists are from such different mediums as in this piece! It is a very unique one of a kind museum quality piece that represents two of the lovely Mexican Folk Art traditions to be.found within the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. This truly is a very special piece! The carving of the curling horns alone make this a beautiful carving, but then they are perfectly accented by the individually crafted silver pieces from Yesenia Salgado. Instead of overwhelming the piece, the silverwork complements it perfectly, and raises the piece to museum quality. I also love the sense of movement in the hooves and tail, as well as the protruding chest. And the face is adorable! If you are looking for a museum quality collector's item that you will not see everywhere, then this piece is a must buy! Learn More

  3. Oaxacan Wood Carving Damian And Beatriz Morales Hippo

    Oaxacan Wood Carving Damian And Beatriz Morales Hippo

    Regular Price: $195.00

    Special Price: $150.00

    Masterfully carved by Damian Morales and intricately painted by his wife Beatriz, this is one special carving! Damian began carving animals out of copal at the young age of 11 years old, but was selling these carvings as unpainted figures to other members of his community. His work dramatically changed after meeting, and subsequently marrying, Beatriz Ramirez at the age of 19. Beatriz hails from a wood carving family, and had already honed her skills as a talented painter by working with her brothers. Her paint style is intricate and precise, with a lovely sense of the shading of colors. Together Damian and Beatriz make a powerful force in the world of Oaxacan wood carvings! The whimsy and imagination in this hippo is just incredible! I just love the bulbous snout, the eyelashes, the hooves, the curly tail and the pinned back little ears. You can readily see the masterful painting touch that Beatriz adds to this spectacular carvings! The fine line detail carefully reflects the nature of animal hair. Full of whimsy and fun! This carving is signed by the artist.The tail is removable for safe shipping. Learn More

  4. Oaxacan Wood Carving Damian Morales Brown Toro Long Horn Bull

    Oaxacan Wood Carving Damian Morales Brown Toro Long Horn Bull

    Regular Price: $195.00

    Special Price: $150.00

    Cool and unusual brown longhorn bull by Damian and Beatriz Morales! Masterfully carved by Damian and intricately painted by his wife Beatriz, this is one special carving! Damian began carving animals out of copal at the young age of 11 years old, but was selling these carvings as unpainted figures to other members of his community. But his work dramatically changed after meeting, and subsequently marrying, Beatriz Ramirez at the age of 19. Beatriz hails from a wood carving family, and had already honed her skills as a talented painter by working with her brothers. Her paint style is intricate and precise, with a lovely sense of the shading of colors. Together Damian and Beatriz make a powerful force in the world of Oaxacan wood carvings! I love the sense of movement in the feet that only a master carver can realize, combined with the cool long horns! This bull was signed by the artists.There are no removable parts. Learn More

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  5. Oaxacan Wood Carving Damian Morales Large Tortoise Turtle

    Oaxacan Wood Carving Damian Morales Large Tortoise Turtle

    $220.00
    I was delighted by how unique and well carved this tortoise turtle was when I saw arrive! Masterfully carved by Damian and intricately painted by his wife Beatriz, this is one special carving! Damian began carving animals out of copal at the young age of 11 years old, but was selling these carvings as unpainted figures to other members of his community. But his work dramatically changed after meeting, and subsequently marrying, Beatriz Ramirez at the age of 19. Beatriz hails from a wood carving family, and had already honed her skills as a talented painter by working with her brothers. Their paint style is intricate and precise, with a lovely sense of the shading of colors. Together Damian and Beatriz make a powerful force in the world of Oaxacan wood carvings! The shading of colors on this turtle,or desert tortoise is just incredible! And the large size of this carving makes it a real stand out piece for any collection. You can readily see the masterful painting touch that Beatriz adds to this spectacular carving! Full of whimsy, movement and fun! This carving is signed by the artist, and there are no removable parts! Learn More

  6. Oaxacan Wood Carving Damian Morales Standing Owl

    Oaxacan Wood Carving Damian Morales Standing Owl

    $195.00
    Masterfully carved by Damian and intricately painted by his wife Beatriz, this is one special owl carving! Damian began carving animals out of copal at the young age of 11 years old, but was selling these carvings as unpainted figures to other members of his community. His work dramatically changed after meeting, and subsequently marrying, Beatriz Ramirez at the age of 19. Beatriz hails from a wood carving family, and had already honed her skills as a talented painter by working with her brothers. Her paint style is intricate and precise, with a lovely sense of the shading of colors. Together Damian and Beatriz make a powerful force in the world of Oaxacan wood carvings! You can readily see the masterful painting touch that Beatriz adds to this spectacular carving! Full of intricacy, whimsy and character.. I just love the feet, the wings, the beak, the horns and the sunken eyes. Just a truly beautiful carving! This carving is signed by the artist, and there are no removable parts. Learn More

  7. Oaxacan Wood Carving Damian Morales Weasel

    Oaxacan Wood Carving Damian Morales Weasel

    Regular Price: $195.00

    Special Price: $150.00

    I love how adorable this weasel is! Damian and Beatriz Morales! Masterfully carved by Damian and intricately painted by his wife Beatriz, this is one special carving! Damian began carving animals out of copal at the young age of 11 years old, but was selling these carvings as unpainted figures to other members of his community. But his work dramatically changed after meeting, and subsequently marrying, Beatriz Ramirez at the age of 19. Beatriz hails from a wood carving family, and had already honed her skills as a talented painter by working with her brothers. Her paint style is intricate and precise, with a lovely sense of the shading of colors. Together Damian and Beatriz make a powerful force in the world of Oaxacan wood carvings! I love the sense of movement in the upturned front paw, the awesome curved long curved tail, and the adorable face of this weasel! Such an unusual wood carving full of curiosity. This weasel was signed by the artists.There are no removable parts. Learn More

  8. Oaxacan Wood Carving David Blas Jr. Mustard Frog Reading Book

    Oaxacan Wood Carving David Blas Jr. Mustard Frog Reading Book

    $48.00
    One of our favorite trips on our most recent travels in Oaxaca was to the village of San Pedro Cajonos! Situated high in the mountain Sierras three hours from Oaxaca City, this is one of the most idyllic settings that one may ever find! Perched at the top of the mountains, with sweeping views of the surrounding canyons and distant pueblos, San Pedro Cajonos kisses the clouds and shines in its art forms. One of the most famous of San Pedro Cajonos artists, is the Blas Family of wood carvers. Their style is so unique, and can be identified readily upon sight. Bright colors, and fine painting are their hallmarks. This is an adorable version of David Blas Sr.'s famous frogs where the frog is reading a book about the different kinds of frogs. David Jr. learned this whimsical craft from his dad and is determined to carry on the style for may years to come. The book in the Frog's hand is written in Spanish, but says "the first amphibians appeared 360 million years ago". What fun and what a great sense of creativity! Learn More

  9. Oaxacan Wood Carving David Blas Large Praying Mantis

    Oaxacan Wood Carving David Blas Large Praying Mantis

    $65.00
    One of our favorite trips on our travels in Oaxaca is to the village of San Pedro Cajonos! Situated high in the mountain Sierras three hours from Oaxaca City, this is one of the most idyllic settings that one may ever find! Perched at the top of the mountains, with sweeping views of the surrounding canyons and distant pueblos, San Pedro Cajonos kisses the clouds and shines in its art forms. One of the most famous of San Pedro Cajonos artists, is the Blas Family of wood carvers. Their style is so unique, and can be identified readily upon sight. Bright colors, and fine painting are their hallmarks. I love how unique this large and regal praying mantis is! The painting is full of detail and fun. Plus they say that the praying mantis is good luck! Learn More

  10. Oaxacan Wood Carving Eleazar Morales Brown Hammer Head Shark

    Oaxacan Wood Carving Eleazar Morales Brown Hammer Head Shark

    $185.00
    I love this cool Hammer Head Shark wood carving! This one is a real eye catcher.. simply stunning! Only in his thirties, Eleazar Morales has already achieved the status of a master in wood carving... his true genius of talent is just awe inspiring. Eleazar's work is quite distinctive, and sets him apart from the other carvers in his village. He began carving at the young age of 14, and furthered his artistic development by studying the work of his world famous neighbor Manuel Jimenez. When Manuel Jimenez would discard a woodcarving that did not suite him, Eleazar would study the scraps left behind to further his knowledge of the art of wood carving. Eleazar has certainly come a long way from such a humble beginning, and now his work is shown in galleries around the world. His work is very fine in both the carving detail and the incredible realistic painting done with a very steady and precise hand. We just love the sense of movement in much of his work, and how the painting really reflects the nature of the animal. Eleazar Morales is one of our personal favorites, and we are so excited to be able to share his work with you! This hammerhead shark has such an amazing sense of movement in the carving itself, as the shark appears to be swimming around and twisting in multiple directions! A standout amongst other carvings! We also love the paint technique, the colors, the eyes,the hammerhead, the fins and the tail. An amazing level of detail. The piece was signed by the artist, and there are no removable parts. Learn More

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