A new discovery for us is in fact a very well known artist in South America - Ecuadorian Eduardo Vega (1938 - ). He studied for four years at the Real Academia de San Fernando in Spain and then went and furthered his studies in London and France at the Bourges School of Fine Arts. Based on the coloration, style, and techniques, this owl (yes, there is a bird of prey in there - look closely) seems to be from the late 60s/early 70s.
15" in diameter
Famous for his incredible public murals in Ecuador, as well as in other parts of South America, his studio in Cuenca also continues to create decorative items for the home. I am particularly enamoured by the glassblowing scene found in the mural above. It is permanently housed in the city hall of Ecuador's capital of Quito.