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Manuel Lince

Manuel Lince

Manuel moves easily between the two cultures … Mexico and America.  He taught himself the art of carving wooden masks and entered the MFA program at UTPA. He already has a couple of graduate degrees.  As I asked him the same questions I have asked others he came up with the following answers :

1. What is your definition of success as an artist ?
“I cannot answer that question .”
2.  What is your definition of a successful work of art ?
” A successful piece is one which, when you see it, you must stop and look.”
3.  At what age did you know that you wanted to be an artist ?
” I began to draw at age 12 and have continued since … I had a responsible job for years and that entailed many meetings. Of course I “doodled” constantly in those meetings.  It improved my skill and kept me interested. I went to a woodcarver in Mexico to train.  He gave me a piece of wood to carve and I worked on it until satisfied. Days later,  when it was time to leave,  he told me that it was custom to go up into the mountain to find a tree and replace the wood I had used.  Up we went … him hustling along and me trying to keep up. We got near the top and secured a few pieces … at which point he said I would have to give him three to replace one.  Three for one!  I staggered down the mountain with them on my back as he sauntered down carrying his easily.  Good wood to carve is hard to find.  I learned a lot.”

In response to a homework assignment Manuel Lince bought some cowhides in Mexico, carved a wooden mold,  and made two masks. Rena Vela is wearing one …

Manuel Lince Mask I

Manuel Lince Mask I, modeled by Rena Vela

and the other was donned by Manuel himself.

Manuel Lince Mask II

Manuel Lince Mask II

 

Manuel contemplates his carving of the crucified Christ

Manuel contemplates his carving of the crucified Christ

… Manuel had never carved a figure before. I thought the blemishes in the wood really emphasised the suffering and destruction of the flesh the subject required.

Crucified Christ close-up

Crucified Christ close-up

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