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This striking feline mask is hand-painted in brilliant colors by Salomon Ruiz, who specializes in adapting traditional themes used by the Mochica and Chavin civilizations of ancient Peru. The clay is molded and fired at very high temperatures, after which Ruiz applies the bright hues. The finished piece is bathed in a coat of clear enamel, which protects and enhances the vivid and expressive use of color.
About the Artist: "I am a self-taught artist, dedicating myself to ceramics and craftmaking since my youth. I specialize in masks influenced by the Vicus, Moche, and Nazca cultures. I focus largely on the mix of form and color; despite a lack of formal training I have created a unique, personal style. I try to always remember my roots, while also learning from my readings and travels. Everyday I hope to improve myself, and achieve a style that is both gratifying for me and for those who are interested in my work. Now that I know my art will reach many people, I dedicate all my efforts and emotion into creating pieces that will resonate in your hearts and minds. Thank you. Ruiz uses a unique process in which he first shapes the piece by hand from clay. After firing it at a temperature of 1832 F, he applies bright enamels and gilt. The finished piece is then bathed in a coat of clear enamel, which protects and enhances the vivid and expressive use of color.
The Salomon Ruiz Goin Artisan Collection is brought to you by Novica in Association with National Geographic. This beautiful piece was handcrafted by Salomon Ruiz Goin in Peru. An artisan story card will be included with your purchase.
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