Boruca Parrot Spray Can

My Tribe All spraycan paintings draw on inspiration from all corners of the world, fusing together different cultures along with contemporary everyday life such as the spray can. Tribe All, as in we are all one! This painting is inspired by the Boruca tribe of Southern Pacific Costa Rica. The history and traditions of Boruca masks began over 500 years ago, during the Spanish Conquest. ‘Diablito’ or little devil masks were created and worn with the intent to scare the unwelcome invaders back to Spain. The pride of their artwork comes alive through brightly coloured masks during the festival of Dance of the Devils or Game of the Little Devils hosted by the Boruca people. Although this representation and festival are that of elaborate costumes, folklore, and ritual dances it tells a tale of their past and struggle. It is also a celebration of their resistance to capture and attempted removal of their identity and tradition. The Boruca’s believe that the spirit animals of the jungle help them resist the conquistadors, so their elaborate masks are designed to represent those fierce animals and also local flora and fauna of their country. Boruca demonstrate that a tribe cannot be defeated if its culture is alive today. Boruca is very much alive and fighting to preserve it’s identity.

Artwork Size & Ink Base:

24cm x 30cm Acrylic on canvas

Artwork Style

  • Expressionism

Artwork Size

  • Less than 50cm

Painting Technique

  • Acrylic


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