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Niña Vijigante by Juan Sanchez

Niña Vijigante by Juan Sanchez

Wildwood Press

Mixed Media


Edition Size: Edition Various of 16

Image Size: 64h x 44w inches

Sheet Size: 64h x 44w inches


Condition: Pristine

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Collagraph/Duotone Lithograph/Handcoloring/Cowie Shells

Arches Black 250gsm and Mulberry

64”h x 44”w

Edition Various of 16 2000


The Vejigante (bay-he-GAHN-tay) is a fantastic, colorful

character introduced into carnival celebrations in Puerto Rico

hundreds of years ago. He is a classic example of the blending

of African, Spanish, paints it to resemble a balloon. The Vejigante’s costume is

made from scraps of fabric and looks like a clown suit with a cape

and batwings under the arms. During the carnival celebrations in

Loíza Aldea and Ponce, the Vejigantes roam the streets in groups

 and chase children with their vejigas. The Vejigante is such an old

character that he is even mentioned in the classic novel Don Quixote

 written in 1605.

From Exitstudio.com


Celebrating the Spanish defeat of the Moors, Juan Sanchez takes this

traditionally male figure and assigns it to the feminine (in his photograph)

in the form of his daughter, Liora.

and Caribbean influences in Puerto Rican

culture. The name Vejigante comes from the Spanish word for

bladder, vejiga. The Vejigante inflates a dried cow’s bladder

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The Artist

Juan Sanchez

Juan Sánchez is part of a generation of artists who in the 1980s to 1990s began exploring questions of ethnic, racial and national identity in their work, be it through painting, video, performance or installation. Sánchez is known for producing mixed media works that address issues of Puerto Rican life in the U.S. and on the island. Sanchez continues to combine painting and photography with other media clippings and found objects to confront America’s political policies and social practices concerning his parents’ homeland of Puerto Rico. Sánchez often addresses Puerto Rico’s battle for independence and the numerous obstacles facing disadvantaged Puerto Ricans in the U.S.

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