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Folk Art Wood Mirror with Folk Art Scenes, "Scenes from the Andes"

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Alejandro Chávez crafts a mirror frame rooted in Andean tradition with four... more

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Alejandro Chávez crafts a mirror frame rooted in Andean tradition with four different vignettes. At the top, people harvest tunas, the red fruit of the prickly pear cactus. To the left, merchants offer warm blankets in a market stall and to the right they sell handcrafted masks. Used during the Carnival celebrations preceding Lent, the masks appear in an astonishing array of animals, human and fantasy faces. Along the bottom, dancers perform the Scissors Dance. Known as retablos, these traditional dioramas feature figures carefully molded from ceramic plaster and painted by hand.

  • 2.45 kgs
  • 5.4 lbs
  • Frame: 50 cm H x 40.5 cm W x 4 cm D
  • Frame: 19.75" H x 16" W x 1.6" D
  • Mirror: 17 cm W x 27.5 cm H
  • Mirror: 6.75" W x 10.75" H

  • MDF, ceramic
  • Signed by the artist
  • Designed to hang vertically only
  • Made in Peru.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Andesicon info
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From cincinnati

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06/16/2016

"Beautiful Birthday Present"

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My daughter loved this beautiful mirror and Andes figures. The art work is very detailed and well made. It looks wonderful with all of her South American pottery and blankets.

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  • Occasion: birthday

Joe

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01/17/2021

"Memories of Ayacucho"

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Gift for my son and his family. We had spent Holy Week in Ayacucho, known for its retablos, several years ago (a wonderful experience!). A much appreciated memory of the trip and Peru.

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From Green Valley AZ

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11/02/2020

"Playful and colorful"

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Very interesting cultural piece. Love it!

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From Jourdanton, Texas

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11/12/2016

"Fun! Fun! Fun!"

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This mirror has already caused many to smile!

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From West Los Angeles

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04/28/2021

"Beautiful!"

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Love this mask piece. Excellent workmanship.

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04/27/2021

"Beautiful!"

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Gorgeous piece! Great craftsmanship!

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Novica sales provide Alejandro's family workshop with a steady cash flow. These sales account for nearly half of their monthly income, helping to ensure their survival. Markets and other seasonal outlets provide supplemental income that contributes to their annual living expenses. In the coming years, Alejandro hopes to grow his workshop and better his family by increasing his Novica sales.

At school in Ayacucho, Alejandro began to learn the indigenous art of Andean retableria. Seeking to refine his craft, he apprenticed at the workshop of Angel Castro to learn the secrets of a master retablista. Upon his teacher's death, Alejandro founded his own workshop. There he began to incorporate his wife's modeled figures into his traditional retablos. Today Alejandro's nephews are his apprentices and his family workshop continues to craft their beloved retablos, which recount the culture and traditions of the Andes.

One year away from his 50th birthday, Alejandro and his wife adopted a son and a daughter (Jose and Carol) from their hometown. Today Alejandro continues to provide for the education of his children and his grandchild, who joined the family in 2018. His daughter Carol is studying accounting and his son Jose is at the police academy.

Alejandro Chavez has received 4 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $800 and the most recent for $1100. Proceeds were used to invest in the purchase of raw materials such as plaster, ceramic, plywood and paint.

This artist striving to supporting their own or their family's basic needs and improve their livelihood.

 
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