This vintage Holy Family was created in the 1970’s in paper maché by Mexican Folk Artist Martin Renteria. The elegant folds in the garments, the subtle hues and the flowing hair are characteristic of Rentiera’s work.
Artists in Haiti use 55 gallon metal drums to create fun and colorful works of art. This nativity was cut out of flattened metal and formed into the desired shapes. Then each one of the figures was painted in very colorful tones.
The nonprofit Comité Artisanal Haitien (CAH) was founded in 1973 to help rural craftspeople sell their wares in Port–au–Prince.
This charming Nativity has 14 figures that are made out of clay and hand-painted. Several towns people were added to the usual figures that populate the Nativity . The stable is made out of a real coconut shell.
Cut out of a recycled steel drum previously used to hold oil this nativity very succinctly tells the story of the visit by the Magi who offer their gifts to the Holy Family. The artist uses all available space and imaginative perspective to assure that everyone is represented.
This is a charming nativity set was carved and painted by the Santiago family in La Union, Oaxaca. The carving is elegantly simple and the painting, bright and colorful. There are 10 pieces. This is a unique and lovely piece of Mexican folk art.
This colorful, vibrant nativity though from Mexico has a Southwestern flair. The vibrant, hand-painted hues on the clay figures and the wide eyed expressions on the faces create a very joyful scene.
This very colorful nativity is made out of hojalatas, or handworked tin. All figures are cut, punched, etched, and painted by hand. This kind of tin-work is a specialty craft of Oaxaca, in Southern Mexico.
The 10 figures which comprise this nativity are stored in a colorful punched tin box.
This nativity is a simple wooden puzzle of the Holy Family set in a pinewood landscape.
Under a starry night, through a desert, with an oasis full of Mediterranean vegetation in the distance, the Holy Family is fleeing the threat of Herod and traveling to Egypt.