Mexican Wood Carving, Diablo Rider by Eloy Santiago
This bull riding, mezcal drinking diablo/devil was carved from wood and painted by Eloy Santiago in the remote village of La Union, Oaxaca. The formally dressed diablo is riding one of the large bulls so prevalent in the countryside of Mexico. The carvings of La Union are a little more rare than those of other Oaxaca wood carving towns because the town is difficult to reach. The real work of La Union is farming, so pieces are few and far between. The wood carving is the older, more rustic style that is done with a machete. The wood is copal, native to the Oaxaca area. The aniline paint colors are bright and well coordinated. The horns and tail of the bull, the horns of the diablo and the mezcal bottle are removable for easier shipping. Whimsical. Signed.
One of a kind.
state of origin: Oaxaca
dimensions: 9" long by 8" tall