You probably associate piñatas with kids' birthday parties and the associated game of trying to be the one who manages to "win" by breaking the piñata with the bat, spilling out the candy and prizes inside for all the guests.
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So excited to have Bosch and Illuminated Piñata pieces @theschoolhousegallery pop-up ‘3D!’ next week! If you are in Provincetown, MA drop by - location and dates included in bio link. Work from these wonderful artists will be on view as well: Bailey Bob Bailey/ Clark Derbes/ Breon Dunigan
These are not that kind of piñata.
Artist Roberto Benavidez - a South Texan who lives in Los Angeles - has transformed the piñata into fine art, drawing inspiration from Medieval creatures and demons and artists like Hieronymus Bosch and his painting "The Garden Of Earthly Delights".
They take months to finish, but if you're lucky and going to be in L.A. this February, you can see some of them at the Riverside Art Museum.
And of course, there's always Instagram, where he posts insights into his work.
He told Atlas Obscura that he has received some pushback against the piñatas, and why he won't call them “paper sculptures” instead. “There was incredible resistance to just the word ‘piñata’ being used in a higher art form,” he says. “I love presenting them as piñatas because I love the tension that it brings.”
Of course, growing up in South Texas Benavidez saw many piñatas at parties. And he identifies as mixed-race, a fusion of histories and cultures - and he thinks of piñatas in the same way. “The piñata’s history is very multicultural,” he told AO. “In my mind, it’s a reflection of me.”
Not that we'd ever take a bat to any of these amazing pieces of art, but we're dying to know if there is anything inside!