"May this year bring you all the happiness and good fortune that you have brought to my family."
"This has been such a great year for me, thanks to people from many different countries. Thanks for submitting so many testimonials about my work. May this year bring you all the happiness and good fortune that you have brought to my family.
"My name is Nyoman Karsa and I was born on December 31, 1967. I learned woodcarving from my father and the senior artists of my village, for example, the famous Wayan Winten. I have worked in my own art studio and shop since 1987.
"I usually carve sculptures from ebony, suar, crocodile, and hibiscus woods. Each of the woods has specific characteristics of color, durability, and aroma. Ebony comes from Sulawesi, while the others grow locally. Mass media and the everyday traditional lifestyle of our environment and community are the sources of my inspiration. Some of my pieces deal with traditional dances, the stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata, sports, animals, and abstract figures.
"When creating a sculpture, I first see it in my mind, making an image of how it would look on a log or a piece of wood. I make a draft on the wood piece, chiseling the initial form and detailing the parts, finishing it off by smoothing and polishing.
"I wish success for Novica and the world's artists!"
Safe in Mother's arms, an infant seeks her nourishing breast. By Eka, who has young children of her own, this beautiful portrait is modern and abstract. Yet it conveys the deep bond between mother and child. Suar wood's rich grain enhances the signature....read more
This sculpture by Top Cambodia exudes the powerful bond between a mother and her child. Kneeling, she plays with her child on her lap. The Ghanaian artist carves the endearing teakwood sculpture by hand and applies polish for a darker finish.
Adorned with cheerful artistry, this purple and pink snail makes its way from the magical lands of Oaxaca. "The snail symbolizes life that starts and ends in a spiral," believe Zeny and Reyna. After carving the copal wood alebrije, they use the tip of....read more
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