Catalog #300203


Victoriano R.

8l x 6h inches

  Collected in 1997

Oaxaca, Mexico




Oaxaca is a mecca for a variety of Mexican crafts including weaving, ceramics, and painted "animalitos". Although the origins of the style can be traced back to Pre-Columbian times, Oaxacan animalitos  first caught the attention of international collectors when Nelson Rockefeller returned to the United States with a small collection of figures purchased on a trip to Southern Mexico.  Rockefeller was an enthusiastic collector of international folk art, and his patronage of a small group of local craftspeople is Oaxaca, Mexico sparked a movement resulted in the development of one of the most recognizable forms of contemporary Mexican Folk Art.   The art form matured in the 1970s and 80s, and now there are more than 200 families carving in and around Oaxaca.


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