"In every one of my creations I hope you will be able to recognize my great love for this art form."
Alejandro Chávez was born on January 30, 1956. He specializes in the creations of retablos, a kind of reverent diorama-altar typical of the Ayacucho region of Peru. He learned this technique as a boy in school, when he was 17 years old and living in Ayacucho, where his parents moved when he was just 2 years old.
When Chávez returned to his hometown, he began working in the studio of Angel Castro, a master artisan. Here he refined his techniques in the creation of retablos, eagerly learning the art from his teacher. Later, Chávez formed his own workshop after the death of his teacher, continuing to give shape to this art form. The customs and traditions of the Andean people emerge in every piece.
"In every one of my creations I hope you will be able to recognize my great love for this art form. You will also fine the contributions of my wife as well, for she molds the characters. I am currently teaching my nieces and nephews as well.
"I sincerely hope that you enjoy your retablo, which brings together the culture and traditions of the Andes."
The birth of Jesus, the Garden of Eden and a Peruvian celebration make this traditional retablo a most engaging mirror frame. Originally intended as an altar piece, retablos traditionally feature biblical passages amids distinct Andean customs,....read more
Jesus' birth is celebrated in Ayacucho with a feast of color in this mirror frame fashioned after a traditional retablo. Once an exclusively religious art form, it has adapted to express Peruvian custom. Alejandro Chavez handcrafts this piece....read more
Alejandro Chávez crafts a mirror frame rooted in Andean tradition. Varied scenes represent Carnavalito (Little Carnival), a celebration held in the Peruvian Andes. Musicians play traditional instruments, participants re-enact the birth of Jesus,....read more
The nativity takes place in an Andean stable and below, herdsmen in traditional Peruvian dress appear with llamas. To the left, a market stall offers hats for sale while carnival masks are sold on the right. Visualized by Alejandro Chávez, the images....read more
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