We almost bought one of these four or five years ago, when we came to the Ann Arbor art fairs from Indiana. It was, however, at that precise moment that, with the sun beating down on my head like a blunt instrument, I said, “If I don’t get out of the sun and into some air-conditioning right this instant, I’m going to faint here in the street.” And so we ducked into a restaurant, and somehow lost interest in the retablos being sold by Nicario Jiminez, a Peruvian artist who now lives in Florida.
This year we planned better, and reached Jiminez before the sun did its damage. Ours is from his Mask Maker’s Workshop series. It’s small, but the detail is amazing:
I just love it.