Paper Mache Mermaid Sculpture

My name is José Gabriel Lopez and I am an artist living in Austin, Texas. I was born in Mexico and am influenced by Mexican folk art and surrealism. This is an example of something I have made in the past. I paint, make silver jewelry and create wild creatures in paper mache. Click on the Shop on Etsy button to see what I have for sale now.


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A hand made paper mache Mermaid sculpture. I use a hand made armature and cover or wrap it with construction paper. After it dries I cut the paper open and take out the armature and proceed to seal it with more layers of paper. I prime it and hand paint it with acrylic. Finally I put a layer of resin for protection. This sculpture is hollow and it is made of paper so you must be careful when handled .


I was born in Mexico, spent my 20’s in Chicago and have lived in Austin, Texas for many years now. I paint what I see in my dreams, my subconscience and can be described as a surrealist. The stories I see come from the tradition of magical realism we experience in Latin America. I love folk art, especially what comes from the Day of the Dead genre and calaveras make their way into my paper mache art along with mermaids, dinosaurs, and wild creatures. I also make silver jewelry that has an industrial feel.

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