Holocaust survivor Yevgeniya Kilupe's paper mache masks form a part of her latest money-making venture. Although a factory worker for most of her adult life, she developed a personal knack for artistic expression amid her Latvian settings.
Kilupe's exceptional work was noticed during one of her sales at a marketplace in Latgale. An art gallery representative immediately brought her on, displaying her detailed disguises to crowds in Riga, the country's capital.
The depictions of cats, pigs and human faces are markedly realistic, a feature that comes with Kilupe's lengthy study of nature. Handmade qualities, among them long jagged paint strokes, make her pieces all the more valuable for art collectors in search of heartfelt creations.
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