Melvin Gonzalez Rojas, Borucan Artist

As an accomplished and recognized Borucan artist, Melvin likes to challenge himself. Over the past few years he has transitioned to painting more often on canvas than on balsa wood. He feels a special affinity for the jaguar and you’ll often see jaguars as central characters in his art.

Together with his brother Ismael, he learned the art of traditional mask-making at an early age from his late father, Don Ismael Gonzales, who is recognized as the founder of the modern mask movement. From his distinguished father, Melvin also inherited a deep love for his culture and feels a responsibility to keep their cultural heritage alive. He organizes and participates in ceremonial representations sharing the Borucan mythology and cosmovision around Costa Rica.