Fusing Ancient Pre-Columbian Art with Pop Culture

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Unaware that the Pre-Columbian sculptures he spent a lot of money on were fake, Nadín Ospina found a silver lining to the situation. He came up with a brilliant idea to make his own “Pre-Columbian” pieces that are a little more difficult to mistake for ancient. He sculpted famous cartoon characters like The Simpsons, Mickey Mouse, and Snoopy imitating the styles that ancient Aztec, Mayan, and Incan people used. The fusion between mass pop culture and ancient art is as funny as it is ironic, hinting at themes of globalization and corruption.

Ospina’s work will be on display at SUNY Purchase from April 28 to July 14, 2013 as part of a group show titled Pre-Columbian Remix at the Neuberger Museum of Art. If you can’t make it out, check out more of Ospina’s work on his website.

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