I just love what Enrique Gomez de Molina creates. He is a guy from Miami whose father was a taxidermist before working for The Miami Museum of Science.
Enrique was working as a painter and sculptor, mainly in bronze but was getting very little recognition for his work.
Then he had the idea of creating creatures by taxidermy, mixing up real body parts of animals, birds etc., such as crabs with squirrels and swans with antelopes.
But in 2011, Enrique found himself in trouble with the police. He had been buying the creatures he needed for his art from Ebay and it appears they were not all legal.
Some of them were endangered.
He pleaded guilty in November 2011 and was sentenced to 20 months in February 2012 for trafficking in endangered and protected wildlife. He had not obtained all the correct permits he needed to bring the skins and other remains he needed into America.
Enrique stated that his art was to bring the public awareness to the dangers faced by different species of animals, birds and reptiles.
Before Enrique went to prison, his art was selling on the Internet, at Exhibitions, and also at the Scope Art Fair in Miami.
Some of the larger pieces were fetching big money. In fact, I am sure that now he is even more notorious, they will keep on selling. They are truly amazing and beautifully created.
I am sure that even while Enrique is in prison, he will be creating something. A true artist never has idle hands!
Personally I would love to own one, how about you?
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