"Most of our pieces are hand-molded, as only the weight of the hand can give the right shape."
Alberto Aparicio Canchari was born in Ayacucho in 1965. A dedicated ceramist, he is inspired by the customs and beliefs of Andean villages. His workshop seems inhabited by half-finished creatures, waiting for him to give them the breath of life.
"I've been a ceramist since I was a child, as my parents taught me the craft. Later, I tried to develop my own pieces with a personal style. My main purpose is giving life to my creations, and I've achieved this through the expressions of their faces, aiming to reflect daily attitudes, Peruvian country scenes, even protests - and I'm satisfied and content. In the workshop I work full-time with my wife.
"Most of our pieces are hand-molded, as only the weight of the hand can give the right shape. We use clay and simple tools; paints and pigments are blended together to produce the required hues, like that of the skin. All are made to resist high temperatures. The process starts from when we mold the pieces, then we paint them, fire them, and at the end, just polish them.
"I've participated in several fairs and exhibitions, winning first and third prize in the 'Inti Raymi' Contest, 1993; and the second prize in the Credit Bank Contest, 1998. I hope that, through Novica, my art will be promoted and valued abroad, not only for its commercial value, but also for its cultural background."
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
Expertly carving cedar wood, Alejandro Ramírez depicts the first Christmas in a classic composition. Mary, Joseph and the animals gaze at little Jesus as he sleeps in the manger. An angel hovers nearby and the Christmas star shines above the stable like....read more
A cow and donkey gaze curiously at the infant lying in their manger. Unaware, little Jesus sleeps peacefully. Joseph stands watch over his family and Mary gazes at her child with reverence and awe. Alejandro Ramírez portrays the tender scene in a cedar....read more
A sheep, cow and donkey gaze curiously at little Jesus, the infant in their manger. Joseph stands watch over his family and Mary gazes at her child with reverence and awe. The Ramirez Brothers portray the tender scene in a cedar wood relief panel, delicately....read more
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