Quick facts about this Artisan
City: Valle Chalco
About: Son of an Oaxacan carpenter, Venustiano began learning his craftsmanship at age 10 by watching his father. He has since been working professionally for 40 years in his own family workshop. Venustiano has passed down the trade and tradition to his wife, daughter, and two sons who make up this family business now located in a small city outside of Mexico City called Valle Chalco, Mexico. Venustiano’s specializes in carving musical instruments, skeletons, trees of life, and biblical depictions including nativity sets. He also enjoys the challenge of carving miniature versions. What is most impressive about Veustiano’s work is his originality, attention to detail and tireless effort. To create multicolored pieces, Venustiano uses different kinds of tropical wood whose fibers are naturally colored. None of his work has been painted. Therefore, each piece is entirely made out of wood, including the paste with which he uses to adhere together the different pieces. Some of the larger Trees of Life take months to carve and put together. Currently the family supports itself entirely on its crafts. They frequently visit markets to sell their products and they have been featured in various handcraft contests. The Reyes-Flores family has been a borrower of World Vision Fund Mexico for seven and a half years.
Years of Experience: 40
Craft / Material: Fine tropical woods from Latin America and Asia
Learned From: His father who was a carpenter
Inspiration: Beautiful Oaxacan nature and culture
Aspiration: Venustiano is very passionate and prideful about his work. He has been the winner of many contests and his work is featured in various museums. Venustiano provides for his family with his woodcarving work.