Talented Artists of Costa Rica

By jspeck291 December 7, 2017

If you are like me and you are impressed by talented artists, you will love Costa Rica! I have always been fascinated by people that have the ability to create colorful artwork. Costa Rica has no shortage of talented artists! Everywhere you look you will see colorful murals, intricate mosaics, and graffiti art that will turn heads.

Graffiti and Murals

Recently, a group known as Artify Jaco started a campaign to beautify and add color to Jaco. Several talented artists have blessed us with their work. Look for the wings painted on walls around town or admire the massive murals. I really enjoy finding new artwork around each corner!

 

The Painted Ox Carts of Sarchi

For over 100 years, farms near Sarchi have been producing some of the country’s best coffee beans. Needing a sturdy way to transport this precious cargo to ports on the coast, a demand for ox-drawn carts was born. The earliest oxcarts of Sarchi dating back to the late 1800s were simple and functional. But as time went on, craftsmen began incorporating their own unique markings to distinguish their carts. By the beginning of the 20th century, competition among artisans was strong, and carts were decorated with elaborate geometric patterns, similar to the designs that can be seen today. In addition to Sarchi, oxcart makers in other towns around Costa Rica decorated their carts in a slightly different way. At one time, it was said that you could tell which specific towns were represented at a shipping port just by comparing the carts.

 

Miro Mountain Graffiti

A must see destination when visiting Jaco is Miro Mountain. You can hike to an abandoned hotel and see some amazing graffiti and a spectacular view of Jaco and the Pacific Ocean!

 

Boruca Masks

Anytime you mention Costa Rican Art, you have to include the Boruca Tribe.

The history and traditions of Borucan masks began over 500 years ago, during the Spanish Conquest. ‘Diablito’ masks, or little devil masks were created and worn with the intent to scare the unwelcome invaders back to Spain. The conquistadors called the indigenous Borucans devils because they observed natives with faces of forbidding devilish images and other animal figures, and therefore assumed that they worshipped the devil. The Borucan people feel a great sense of pride knowing that they were triumphant in keeping the Spanish from conquering their land and their spirit.

 

Lastly is my personal favorite, Local Artist David Artavia. I have admired his work for several years and if you love nature and art, I believe you will too.

Come visit us and explore the colorful side of Costa Rica!

Pura Vida!

Jeff