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Manuel Jiménez Ramírez

Mexican woodcarver

Died when: 85 years 85 days (1022 months)
Star Sign: Sagittarius


Manuel Jiménez Ramírez

Manuel Jiménez Ramírez (June 9, 1919 – March 4, 2005) was a Mexican carver, sculptor and painter credited as the originator of the Oaxacan version of “alebrijes,” animal creatures carved in wood and painted in strong contrasting colors with intricate designs.

He was a charismatic and philosophical person, who believed he was the reincarnation of an artist.He began making animal figures of clay when he was a child but changed to wood carving later, creating human figures, nativity scenes, masks and more as well as the alebrijes.

He work can be found in public and private collections in various parts of the world, especially in the United States.

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