Eleazar Morales Ramírez (San Antonio Arrazola)

Eleazar began woodcarving within the bosom of his family, and in this art he has found a way of expressing himself. He was featured as a master woodcarver in the exhibition FOFA sponsored in 2008-9 inspired by its young artists’ competition. His piece about Benito Juárez, one of the most important men in Mexican history, is Eleazar’s way of criticizing politics. It expresses his sentiment that in Oaxaca there is neither respect for the rights of others, nor peace — a reference to Juárez’s famous saying, “Respect for the rights of others is peace.” The ugly roots of the bust and the frail eagle contrast with the strength of Mexican culture, and the seven leaves of the national shield (like the seven regions of the state of Oaxaca) are placed directly on the heart.

 

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