"I use recycled paper and textiles, cans, and some vegetal elements like rushes."
Jaime Zapata Espinoza, born in Lima in 1953, is dedicated to a very interesting craft - creating masks inspired by his profound Peruvian roots. Made with loving patience, each mask is unique and can express every feeling in the human heart, from happiness to deep sorrow.
"I'm an architect, but since I was young I've dedicated a part of my time to the handcrafting of masks. The objective of my work is to transmit human emotions in seemingly animated objects. I use recycled paper and textiles, cans, and some vegetal elements like rushes. Colors are given with natural oxides and earths. For decorating my pieces I also use hand-woven elements with Inca motifs. Each mask is cast with milled paper, dried and finished by hand in elaborating the particular characteristics of a human face in a specific expression. Each piece is unique, and some of them have an aged appearance achieved with a layer of patina. Some masks have rushes and tresses made of fiber ropes. The final step is a layer of lacquer for protecting the pigments.
"My works have been exhibited in fairs and events in Peru, Germany and Japan."
Snowflakes, stars, and flowers interact with deer and scorpions in this beautiful mask by Higinio Hernandez. Facial features have been originally outlined and magnificently complemented with an incredible array of brilliant designs. The magnificent....read more
Traditionally worn for sacrificial rites, these Inca masks were considered as amulets to communicate with the apus (gods) and ask for their favor. Jaime Zapata handcrafts the masks from a combination of papier-maché and plaster of Paris; the masks....read more
Six-sided peyote blossoms pose on the crown, forehead and cheeks of a dazzling beadwork mask. Called jicuri, peyote forms the centerpiece of Huichol ritualism. Kawuyomaire, the deer appears on each eyebrow while corn grows on the chin in....read more
Elegant in emerald green, this wide-eyed mask represents the art and customs of the Moche people. Masks were made as part of the funerary paraphernalia of lords and dignitaries. They symbolized their prayers to the Apus or deities residing in....read more
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