Vejigantes + Masks

This series was mainly inspired by "Vejigante" masks from Puerto Rico. These images are all digital and mixed media created by experimenting with "Vejigante 1", a drawing I made using inks and watercolor pen.

I've reinterpreted these folkloric "caretas" by using traditional elements with a contemporary twist.

The origin of the horned "Vejigante" character (demon/prankster) *probably traces back to Medieval Spain and the Catholic Festival of St. James ("Fiestas de Santiago Apóstol"). But due to the mix of African, Taino indigenous and European cultures in the Caribbean, a very unique version of this character resulted in Puerto Rico.