Armando Jiménez Aragón

In the cozy shelter of the natural awning created by wonderfully shady trees, in the corner of a sparklingly bright courtyard, Armando creates carved and painted wooden figures that make significant statements.  His pieces are prominent, both in size and hue.  He specializes in many varieties of animals.  In addition to the traditional rabbits, he produces animals that do not actually inhabit Oaxaca and its environs, such as flamingos, otters and bears.  They are decorated with vibrant colors, two favorites being colonial blue and yellow.  He is also receptive to new designs inspired by photographs that prospective clients provide.



Moíses Jiménez Aragón (San Antonio Arrazola)

Moises produces a remarkable range of animal figures and excels at imparting a sense of their movement. Some specialties are zebras, whales, frogs, penguins, opposums bearing babies on their tails, polar bears eating fish, reindeer, and “alebrijes” (fantastic monster-like creatures). He has also added a large Noah’s ark accompanied by human figures with finely-chiseled features and pairs of smaller scale animals. His wife, Oralia Cardenas, does most of the striking decorative painting.



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