Eloy Pinos López and Elva Ojeda - artists
Eloy Pinis López and his wife, Elva Ojeda, maintain a small gallery in Arrazola Xoxocotlan, Oaxaca. Most of their work is on display at the artisanas showroom. Eloy and Elva have been carving and painting alebrijes and other wood sculptures for about 20 years. Eloy was trained as an artist by his uncle, Santos Pinos. As is most common among the Zapotec artisans, Eloy concieves the idea for a sculpture, finds a proper piece of copal wood in the forests surrounding Arrazola, carves and prepares the sculpture, and Elva finishes the piece.
Eloy participates in another activity which I need to research so that I can give you a report. He plays "Aztec Ball". This is a ballgame with which I am not familiar. The players wear a massive glove (Eloy has two) which is composed of a stone wieghing about 10 pounds along with a leather glove and straps which are nailed to the stone. The stone is decorated with an epoxy-like material and then painted. The ball is an 8" diameter sponge rubber sphere molded around another round stone to give it weight. I'll learn more about this game and provide some photos as it is impossible to imagine the size and mass of either the gloves or the ball without pictures.
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