Brunka Painted Canvas – Shaman Shape-shifting
This is a mystical painted canvas by Melvin González, famous Brunka mask maker, ceremonial diablito participant, and more recently, prolific and recognized painter. Melvin has already established his name internationally for his carved masks, but more recently González is cultivating acclaim for his highly detailed painted canvas work; he typically depicts regional flora and fauna as well as themes exploring Brunka cosmology and history. This painting (acrylic on canvas) is part of a series of paintings that González has created exploring the representation of historic and legendary tribal chieftains of the Brunka.
This particular painted canvas art features a Brunka ethno-historic figure – a punisher of those who contravene tribal mores and law. A shaman shape-shifting into the black panther (kurá in the Brunka language) is the aspect in which we see depicted this cultural figure.
- Artist: Melvin González
- Location: Southern Pacific Watershed, Costa Rica
- Size: 23” x 26 1/2” (58.5cm x 67.5 cm)