The Artist Next Door

1 Feb

“Art has so many sides, so many possibilities.” These wise words posted by one of our blog followers inspired me to continue sharing the artistry that is Bacalar. Christmas Eve we met our neighbors Abraham and Isabel. Abraham is a stone and wood sculptor with his work currently on display at a local resort. We spent a fun day recently oooing and ahhhing and generally being inspired by Abraham’s work.

Abraham Illescas

Abraham Illescas

The pieces are viewed best by walking round to experience all sides. Clearly this is not the perfect venue. The stone makes you want to caress the coolness, smooth and rough. Abraham “finds” stones, or maybe they find him and works to release the beauty within.

Abraham is working on an installation for the Modern Art Museum in Mexico City in a few months. At the same time, all pieces are for sale, a common struggle of all full-time artists.

Wouldn't this piece look wonderful in your garden?

Wouldn’t this beauty look wonderful in your garden?

This is my favorite piece, carved from a stone found holding open a door in a small Yucatan hotel. Maybe its forever home is my yet-to-be built house, displayed with the perfect lighting in my living room .
Abraham and Isabel sat with us at dinner last weekend. They wave when they see me out on my bike. It has been really fun getting to know them and continuing to open my eyes to the artistry in Bacalar.


10 Responses to “The Artist Next Door”

  1. Kathe February 1, 2015 at 11:12 am #

    Thank you for sharing little known information about Bacalar. I really enjoy d this post!


    • afish25 February 1, 2015 at 11:18 am #

      I love living in this community. It is wonderful to uncover the wonder all around. Abraham’s work is still on display as far as I know. He will be showing in the upcoming Mahahual Art festival. I know, who knew Mahahual had an art festival!


  2. LJones February 1, 2015 at 11:34 am #

    How cool! His work is lovely…I didn’t know…look forward to seeing him and his art in March. Thanks for the great post!!!


    • afish25 February 1, 2015 at 3:56 pm #

      I am learning so much about this community. It is amazing.


  3. brucekelley February 1, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

    Those are stunningly beautiful sculptures, thanks for sharing, Alex.



    • afish25 February 1, 2015 at 3:48 pm #

      I know Bruce. They take months of sanding with finer and finer sand paper. A very talented man.


  4. Lisa Thompson February 1, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

    Sometimes it feels like Austin, TX when we talk about artists. There are so many talented people around the world. I love to see what people create. There is an abundance in beauty everywhere we go.


    • afish25 February 1, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

      I believe that we’re all artists. We think it takes someone’s willingness to pay for a work that makes it “good”.


  5. emilievardaman February 1, 2015 at 2:45 pm #

    Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing.


    • afish25 February 1, 2015 at 3:52 pm #

      I am definitely moved by people who are driven to produce and share their soul.


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