LECHONES EN NUEVA YORK
For the past couple of years I’ve been drawn to and fascinated by the Dominican carnival characters from my mother's hometown, Santiago de los Caballeros. There are a variety of carnival characters on the island. Different cities have their own masks, costumes and parades but the Lechones are my favorite, specifically Los Pepine style masks. Lechones, which translates to “piglet” are handmade devil masks that resemble a pig, with tall horns and long snouts. While Los Pepine mask has smooth horns, Los Joyeros differs by having spikes around the horns. With this piece I’m paying homage to my favorite carnival character with a Pop Arté twist. Desaturating the colorful character, giving it depth with a double shadow and abstract take of the Dominican flag as its background, making the Lechon appear like it’s popping out the page.
The artwork was created for a collaboration between Tony Peralta and Paper Planes clothing brand. The collab is for Paper's Planes's Global Warming Program and launched during Dominican Independence week.
The print is 4 color hand pulled screen prinst on 270 gsm paper. Prints are an edition of 10, signed and numbered. Each print comes with a certificate of authenticity.
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