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Day of the Dead - The Andean Bar Day of the Dead - The Andean Bar

Day of the Dead - The Andean Bar

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In the Andes there is a kind of cult to the dead. This is a very ancient tradition where families and loved ones throw a party for their ancestors, an event filled with lots of music, dancing, food and liquor. The traditional Andean bar is filled with people every day of the week. It is the scene of everything from happy social gatherings to vicious fights, and there are always those who keep drinking until they can no longer stand up. Many hard drinkers trade their personal belongings like watches and even articles of clothing in order to keep drinking. The rule of every bar is: "No Credit Today, Tomorrow Credit Available."

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Length/Depth: 2 in
Width: 13 in
Height: 8 in


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Retablos Nicario Jimenez

Retablos are sophisticated folk art in the form of portable boxes filled with brightly colored figurines arranged into intricate narrative scenes. From the 16th to the 19th centuries, Retablos were carried through the mountains by Spanish priests as portable religious shrines for Catholic saints. Later, they were adapted by indigenous people to include their own deities and mythologies. Nicario's compositions depict religious, historical and everyday events. His hands move quickly and with confidence to fashion people, animals, and mythical figurines as he creates poignant scenes from a doughy mixture of boiled potato and gypsum powder. For his sculpting process, Nicario's only tool is a small piece of wood resembling an enlarged toothpick. Born in a peasant community in the high Peruvian Andes, Nicario Jimenez studied sculpture at the Centro de Capacitacion Artesanal de Huamanga and attended the Universidad Nacional San Cristobal de Huamanga in Ayacucho, Peru. His one person exhibitions include the San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum, the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Museum of Man in San Diego, California, the North Dakota Museum of Art, and the Rhode Island School of Design. His work was selected by the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. for its "Seeds of Change" Exhibit and was subsequently purchased by the Smithsonian for its permanent collection. Nicario has taught and lectured at the University of Miami, the University of California, San Diego, Whittier College and American University. Jimenez's work is included in numerous prestigious public, corporate, and private collections. The artist now lives in Naples, Florida. Artist of the Andes 3841 29th Ave SW. Naples, FL 34117 ©Artist of the Andes. All right reserved.


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