About the Artist:
Miguel Caraballo, from Ponce, Puerto Rico, is considered a traditional master and teacher in this region’s mask-making art form. He works in the traditional Ponce-style careta (mask) papier-mâché construction with long snouts and a multitude of horns. Caraballo played an important role in resuscitating the vejigante mask-making tradition when the popularity of latex and plastic masks in the 1970’s & 80’s threatened to extinguish the craft and traditional inclusion in the island’s carnivals and festivals. His masks are admired for both their aesthetics and the high quality of their craftsmanship. He has now passed his craft on to his family, as Miguel Caraballo Jr. (son), Norma (wife), and Normita (eldest daughter) continue the mask-making tradition.