Artists - Boruca Masks

  1. Women and Boruca Masks

    emerging female artists

    Traditionally, and for generations, mask making has been a male dominated activity. Only very recently, some women in Boruca have become interested in painting masks but it is still rare to see one carving.

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  2. Sugey Jimenez Acosta, Borucan artist

    Sugey Boruca mask painter

    Sugey started playing with paint brushes at a young age inspired by her godmother. After marrying Marcos in 2005, she easily picked up new techniques from him while falling in love with mask painting. Orchids are her specialty as she enjoys replicating different varieties with intricate details.

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  3. Melvin Gonzalez Rojas, Borucan artist

    rainforest mask artist

    As an accomplished and recognized Borucan artist, Melvin likes to challenge himself. Over the past few years he has transitioned to painting more often on canvas than on balsa wood.

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  4. Rudy Gomez, Borucan artist

    Rudy Boruca mask carver

    Rudy is one of the youngest fine-carving artists. He eagerly learns new carving tricks. Most often, a mask artist will bring him a balsa wood log with a design drawn on it for him to carve. In return the artist will paint one of his masks.

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  5. Modern Masks

    boruca rainforest mask

    For Borucans, these masks symbolize protective nature spirits. Masks have a special place in their hearts because they saved the very existence of their ancestors and culture.

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  6. Why Scary Masks?

    boruca diablito mask

    For Borucans, these masks symbolize protective nature spirits. Masks have a special place in their hearts because they saved the very existence of their ancestors and culture.

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  7. Loly, Maria De Los Santos, Borucan artist

    rainforest mask artist

    Loly dries and boils the jicara fruit for hours to cure and clean it. Then she envisions her animal, carving the legs, head and tail in balsa wood. Her grandson works alongside her, adding the color.

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  8. Ismael González Rojas, Borucan artist

    Ismael Boruca mask carver

    Ismael started carving at a young age and is one of the few artists in Boruca still working with cedar wood.

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  9. Selby Gardens Rainforest Mask Painting Class: Educational and Enchanting!

    Marcos teaching mask painting

    The Rainforest Mask exhibit at Selby Gardens in Sarasota, FL offered so many opportunities to learn more about the beauty of Borucan culture. During the first week of the exhibit, three team members of Lucuma Designs took the opportunity to have their hands at mask painting. What did they think of the experience?

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  10. Boruca Artists Winners Selby 2019

    Boruca mask winners

    During the three-week-long Rainforest Mask exhibit at Selby Gardens, hundreds of guests took the opportunity to vote for their favorite mask, artist, and carver. The mask artists made it quite difficult to choose, thanks to their talent, dedication, and immense effort this year.

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