Mask Artist Painter - Boruca, Costa Rica

“I feel a connection with the shark, since it is an animal that is always active and likes to have a target. When it sets its mind to it, it chases its goals!”

In 1998, at 16 years old, Domingo began painting masks following the footsteps of his older brothers Marcos and Francisco.

“I put my heart and soul into each detail, which is why it takes me two to three days to complete a mask. Often, I wander up the mountains to find inspiration.”

Domingo's work has a distinctive and uplifting boldness, and he enjoys painting realistic backgrounds. "Every year my art is a little different. If I was painting with darker colors before, now I am using more striking and lighter colors to achieve a more realistic finish.”

Lately, he has been seeking to incorporate into his masks also historical symbols from designs of petroglyphs found near their village. Those cultural elements are adding a new dimension and depth to his work.

Domingo has just finished his degree in education with a specialization in virtual classrooms and metaverse. He plans to teach while continuing his English degree.