Jaime Zapata Espinoza
"I use recycled paper and textiles, cans, and some vegetal elements like rushes."Jaime Zapata Espinoza, born in Lima in 1953, is dedicated to a very interesting craft - creating masks inspired by his profound Peruvian roots. Made with loving patience, each mask is unique and can express every feeling in the human heart, from happiness to deep sorrow.
"I'm an architect, but since I was young I've dedicated a part of my time to the handcrafting of masks. The objective of my work is to transmit human emotions in seemingly animated objects. I use recycled paper and textiles, cans, and some vegetal elements like rushes. Colors are given with natural oxides and earths. For decorating my pieces I also use hand-woven elements with Inca motifs. Each mask is cast with milled paper, dried and finished by hand in elaborating the particular characteristics of a human face in a specific expression. Each piece is unique, and some of them have an aged appearance achieved with a layer of patina. Some masks have rushes and tresses made of fiber ropes. The final step is a layer of lacquer for protecting the pigments.
"My works have been exhibited in fairs and events in Peru, Germany and Japan."
21 items by Jaime Zapata Espinoza
10 Testimonials for Jaime Zapata Espinoza
Sir, I received my ""ancient"" mask today and it is amazing! I'm humbled to have work done by your talented hands in my home! I have a rather large collection of masks and carvings from around the world, but this piece is magnificent ! Thank you for sharing your talent with me! Sincerely, Mr. Lawrie Kowalski - Edmonton, Canada
i keep looking for more work from you i loved the mask i receive it looks fantastic in my house but it needs a friend i will keep looking so keep doing great work
There is something about this mask ""Ancient"" that makes me smile. I love the expression on the face and the jute textile headress is fabulous. I have several beautiful wood masks but this little paper one (seems more like ceramic to me)always gets all the attention from my guests. My mother is calling him ""Zapata"" after the artist, Jaime Zapata Espinoza. Thank you for making us happy whenever we look at your art.