Mask Artist Carver - Boruca, Costa Rica

“I started sanding masks when I was 11 years old. Next, I wanted to carve them, and so I learned little by little by watching my brother and dad. When I was 15 years old, I was making masks on my own and soon after, people started admiring my work! Now I feel I just need to learn how to paint!.”

Rudy is one of the youngest fine-carving artists. He eagerly learns new carving tricks. Most often, another artist will bring him a balsa wood log with a design drawn for him to carve. In return the artist will paint one of Rudy’s masks. Thanks to collaborating with several painters, Rudy has made new friends.

Participating in the project at Selby Gardens has allowed him to fund his studies. In 2019, he graduated with an accounting degree and is now mostly focused on finishing his second degree in business management.