I am an admirer of folk art retablos. This one in our “house” in Los Sauces, El Calafate, the hotel reportedly owned by the female president of Brazil, is one of the finest I’ve ever seen. It purposely leaves some figures un-hand painted to show us the work involved in this art. Retablos are three-dimensional shadow boxes with figures hand-made of clay that traditionally depicted religious figures, but have evolved to include everyday scenes with a common theme. They are such alive, positive, life affirming and engaging art. They display what I love so much about Latin America, the kindness, the familial connectedness, the warmth.
This Retablo shows a wedding celebration. Here are some of the individual scenes:
To learn more about this folk art form click on this link.