The Visiting Mexican Artists Program: The Dancing Chickens of Ventura Fabian

All Current Exhibits  September 18, 2023
A painted Oaxacan wood carving of an armadillo.

Norberto Fabian Xuana, son of the late master carver Ventura Fabian, from San Martín Tilcajete, Oaxaca, Mexico, is proud to carry on in the tradition of his father as a “campesino-artesano.” Their carvings are renowned for their originality, humor, and charm, and present an unusual mix of everyday life and phantasmagoric creatures. Norberto’s inspiration comes from his father and the love of his children, which “unite my mind, my heart, and my hands.” Much of the work is decorated by Blanca, Norberto’s wife, a skilled and meticulous painter, whose inspiration for her designs comes from the family’s Zapotec ancestry. The artists’ goal is to create work that dissolves borders and breaks down walls among the people of the world.

All are invited to join Norberto and The Visiting Mexican Artists Program for a demonstration of his work and a Q&A session on Saturday, November 4 at 2 PM.