This papier-mâché sculpture is a Dia de los Muertos figurine of Nelson Mandela, handmade by master artist from Mexico City, Joel Garcia. He himself is 15″ tall, and 20″ with the height of the flag. The base is approx. 5″ deep x 6″ wide, but his full width is approx. 9″ (with outstretched arm). Mandela is wearing a fine gray suit with a blue plaid tie, a “FREEDOM” pin on his lapel, and the South African flag in his right hand. A dynamic freedom fighter against South African apartheid, he was a revolutionary, a politician, a philanthropist, and a role model.
Joel Garcia is an extraordinary artist who specializes in papier-mâché sculpture and painting. He is based out of Mexico city, and focuses on dia de los muertos-themed works, celebrating all kinds of creatures - animals, pop stars, historical figures, and biblical characters. Every Fall, he travels to the USA for a residency at Nomad, and teaches a workshop on his craft.
El Dia de los Muertos, also known as “All Souls Day” or “Day of the Dead”, is a holiday that is celebrated in Mexico on November 2nd. Cemeteries are decorated, special food is prepared, and people honor the lives of their lost loved ones with altars and offerings. It is meant to be a joyous celebration of life and remembrance.