Over the weekend I went to our annual Living Traditions Festival, which celebrates ethnic and folk art. One of the artists there was Jeronimo Lozano, who was born in Peru, but now lives in the United States.
Mr. Lozano makes Peruvian retablos – a form of art which uses painted sculptures inside portable boxes to form religious or historical scenes, or scenes of daily life, culture, or experiences. In 2008, he was named a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Some of his scenes are very tiny – he even had some that were inside a pistachio shell. The scene I bought is not quite that small, but small nonetheless. It’s made from a matchbox (click for bigger):
It was hard to choose which one to buy, but I finally decided on this one, which depicts “The Factory of Musical Instruments”.