Meet the Artisan

Gabriel Isidro Perez Rajon

Gabriel Perez Rajon (1978) is a young artisan born in the village of Izamal, Yucatan. Since a few years ago he works passionately with wood: He carves it, polishes and paints it with dedication and effort until he creates perfect pieces, imprinting in each one of them all his creativity and artistic talent.

He started creating figures inspired by archeological Mayan pieces and he specialized in Jaguars, which are currently his emblematic piece, along with other animals, like coyotes and roosters. In his creations outstand the Virgins from Izamal, the canes with birds and the fortune wheel, pieces that have been awarded and recognized.

Gabriel has a great perception and sensibility, extremely exigent with his work. He learned the techniques of this labor by observing other artisans of his community carve wood, and by its own experience, he carved and sculpted his perfectionism until reaching great sophistication and aesthetics as a result of effort. Thanks to the lessons that he got from Agustin Cruz Tinoco, from Oaxaca, through Cultural Development Banamex, he acquired the skills to polychrome.

His favorite wood types are cedar and granadillo. To work his creations he utilizes knives, chisels, saws, sandpaper, and acrylic paints. He observes carefully the wood and he imagines the distinct figures that could be hiding in it. Once he decides the representation that he would carve, he draws it with a pencil on the material and begins to erode little by little with the gouge, shaping the volumes and the reliefs: he discovers it. Detailing the face, the claws, and paws of the Jaguars, the ornaments. Next, he proceeds to smooth the piece with different kinds of sandpaper until giving it the ideal smoothness to paint it. During the process, especially in sculpture, Gabriel takes his time; moves the piece, observes it under different angles, looking for balance and harmony that gives them unique aesthetics.

Five years ago he started a workshop, and Cultural Development Banamex helped him and support him with regular bought of pieces, presenting a display of his production in an exhibition. There, both national and international tourism have an opportunity to admire and buy his pieces, guided by the touristic industry of Izamal. Thanks to Cultural Development Banamex, Gabriel has participated in diverse artistic fairs and competitions, being awarded several times for his talent and knowledge.

Gabriel Perez Rajon (1978) is a young artisan born in the village of Izamal, Yucatan. Since a few years ago he works passionately with wood: He carves it, polishes and paints it with dedication and effort until he creates perfect pieces, imprinting in each one of them all his creativity and artistic talent.

He started creating figures inspired by archeological Mayan pieces and he specialized in Jaguars, which are currently his emblematic piece, along with other animals, like coyotes and roosters. In his creations outstand the Virgins from Izamal, the canes with birds and the fortune wheel, pieces that have been awarded and recognized.

Gabriel has a great perception and sensibility, extremely exigent with his work. He learned the techniques of this labor by observing other artisans of his community carve wood, and by its own experience, he carved and sculpted his perfectionism until reaching great sophistication and aesthetics as a result of effort. Thanks to the lessons that he got from Agustin Cruz Tinoco, from Oaxaca, through Cultural Development Banamex, he acquired the skills to polychrome.

His favorite wood types are cedar and granadillo. To work his creations he utilizes knives, chisels, saws, sandpaper, and acrylic paints. He observes carefully the wood and he imagines the distinct figures that could be hiding in it. Once he decides the representation that he would carve, he draws it with a pencil on the material and begins to erode little by little with the gouge, shaping the volumes and the reliefs: he discovers it. Detailing the face, the claws, and paws of the Jaguars, the ornaments. Next, he proceeds to smooth the piece with different kinds of sandpaper until giving it the ideal smoothness to paint it. During the process, especially in sculpture, Gabriel takes his time; moves the piece, observes it under different angles, looking for balance and harmony that gives them unique aesthetics.

Five years ago he started a workshop, and Cultural Development Banamex helped him and support him with regular bought of pieces, presenting a display of his production in an exhibition. There, both national and international tourism have an opportunity to admire and buy his pieces, guided by the touristic industry of Izamal. Thanks to Cultural Development Banamex, Gabriel has participated in diverse artistic fairs and competitions, being awarded several times for his talent and knowledge.


Gabriel Isidro Perez Rajon collection

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