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 Ariel Playas Armadillo

    Oaxacan Wood Carving Ariel Playas Armadillo

    Regular Price: $120.00

    Special Price: $60.00

    I love Ariel Playas' wood carvings..Just plain cool! Ariel Playas is another of the great wood carving talents from the village of Arrazola. As a relative of master carver Luis Pablo, you will see resemblance in both of their traditional styles. Ariel's cavings are high quality, unique and whimsical. This armadillo would be a perfect addition to any Oaxaca Wood Carving collection.. a high quality piece at a great price. Learn More

  2. Oaxacan Wood Carving Armando Jimenez Blue Otter With Fish

    Oaxacan Wood Carving Armando Jimenez Blue Otter With Fish

    $180.00
    This adorable blue otter clutching a fish wood carving is one of our favorites that we have received from 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. These woodcarvings are 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's pieces, while adhering to the traditional painting style of his family, show incredible range of creativity in the whimsical animals depicted ... animals often not native to Oaxaca. This blue otter wood carving would make an adorablel addition to your collection. There are no removable parts. The carving is signed by Armando Jimenez and his wife Antonia, who is responsible for the painting of their pieces. Learn More

  3. 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

  4. Oaxacan Wood Carving Armando Jimenez Large Purple Fox

    Oaxacan Wood Carving Armando Jimenez Large Purple Fox

    $168.00
    A great example of the fine work being done by Armando Jimenez... I always love his interpretation of the fox! Armando Jimenez is the grandson of the master carver Manuel Jimenez, who is credited with creating the whole movement of the Oaxacan wood carvings. Oaxaca wood carvings are 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 next door to 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. This fox wood carving would make a special, and unusual, addition to your collection. There are no removable parts, and the carving is signed by Armando Jimenez and his wife Antonia. Learn More

  5. Oaxacan Wood Carving Armando Jimenez Purple Possum with Babies

    Oaxacan Wood Carving Armando Jimenez Purple Possum with Babies

    $168.00
    This adorable possum wood carving, with three babies dangling from it's tail is another of our favorites from 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. Oaxacan wood carvings are 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 next door to 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. This possum with babies wood carving would make a special addition to your collection. Besides the babies coming off of the tail, there are no removable parts. Learn More

  6. Oaxacan Wood Carving Arsenio Morales Large Royal Blue Otter

    Oaxacan Wood Carving Arsenio Morales Large Royal Blue Otter

    $98.00
    This adorable otter wood carving was handcrafted by Arsenio Morales of Arrazola, Oaxaca, Mexico. The adorable eyes are actually made of marbles, which give them just an extra sense of whimsy! The long hanging paws really make this piece stand out from all the rest.So cool! This will be a perfect addition to your collection! There are no removable parts, and the otter was signed by the artist. Learn More

  7. Oaxacan Wood Carving Arsenio Morales Large White Otter

    Oaxacan Wood Carving Arsenio Morales Large White Otter

    $98.00
    This adorable otter wood carving was handcrafted by Arsenio Morales of Arrazola, Oaxaca, Mexico. The adorable eyes are actually made of marbles, which give them just an extra sense of whimsy! The long hanging paws really make this piece stand out from all the rest. So cool! This will be a perfect addition to your collection! There are no removable parts. Learn More

  8. Oaxacan Wood Carving Arsenio Morales Large Wine Color And Blue Otter

    Oaxacan Wood Carving Arsenio Morales Large Wine Color And Blue Otter

    $98.00
    This adorable otter wood carving was handcrafted by Arsenio Morales of Arrazola, Oaxaca, Mexico. The adorable eyes are actually made of marbles, which give them just an extra sense of whimsy! The long hanging paws really make this piece stand out from all the rest.So cool! This will be a perfect addition to your collection! There are no removable parts, and the otter was signed by the artist. Learn More

  9. Oaxacan Wood Carving Arsenio Morales Small Purple Handstand Rabbit

    Oaxacan Wood Carving Arsenio Morales Small Purple Handstand Rabbit

    $60.00
    Rabbit in Motion... this cute guy is performing a hand stand just for you. The adorable bunny rabbit wood carving was handcrafted by Arsenio Morales of Arrazola, Oaxaca, Mexico. It is carved out of one solid piece of copal wood, and the adorable eyes are made of marbles! The long tall ears, the position of the carving and the adorable marble eyes all combine to make this one spectacular piece. This will be a perfect addition to your collection! There are no removable parts. Learn More

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  10. Oaxacan Wood Carving Beatriz Morales Green Bull Frog

    Oaxacan Wood Carving Beatriz Morales Green Bull Frog

    $195.00
    I love the fun of this bull frog wood carving! Masterfully carved by Damian Morales and intricately painted by his wife Beatriz, this is one fantastic 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! The shading of colors on this bull frog is just beautiful! You can readily see the masterful painting touch that Beatriz adds to this spectacular carvings! Full of intricacy, whimsy and fun! I just love the swollen vocal pouch on his throat giving the sense that the male frog is croaking or signing to attract the female frogs, the alert eyes, and the awesome feet, as well as the incredible shading of colors in this piece. This carving is signed by the artist, and there are no removable parts. Learn More

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