Giovanni Melchor Ramos
FOFA (Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art) Honorary Mention
FOFA “Honorando nuestra raices, explorando nuestros sueños, 2016”
Made with Copal wood, woodcarving technique gouges, machete and sandpaper, decorated with acrylic paintings.
Giovanni, a proud third-generation folk artist, created three animal figures to convey the circle of life and evolution of folk art in his pueblo. His grandfather’s generation introduced decorative painting of woodcarving to Tilcajete. To honor him, Giovanni embellished a blue coyote with images used in earlier times, including clay masks, embroidery, and baroque flowers. The jaguar represents his father in carefully measured geometric forms created with wax and ink sgrafitto. The dog reflects Giovanni’s own distinctive style of using a matte base decorated with black and contrasting white points. His dream is to encourage the folk art tradition in future generations.
Dimensions: 12" x 12" in or 30 x 30 cm
Weight: 3.5 lb or 1.6 kg
Time of Preparation: 2 Months
San Martin Tilcajete, Oaxaca-Mexico