The Solentiname islanders of Lake Cocibolca (Nicaragua) are primarily fishing and farming people. Almost all of them are also artists going back several generations! Among these island residents, the talent and urge to express themsleves artistically convinced a local priest (who has been living and serving among them for years and is the ex-Minister of Culture), Ernesto Cardinal, to guide artists in their technique and promote their talents beyond this lake.
This particular sculpture is an elemental, but naturalistic, rendering of the local oropendula bird, whose well-know hanging woven nests adorn trees all around these 37 little islands of the Solentiname archipelago.
Solentiname arts have become rather well known internationally among folk art collectors and academicians. These oil painters and folk sculpture carvers have created their own ‘school’ of expression – the distinct Nicaraguan Solentiname style.