Hyderabad: Since the pandemic has emerged and wearing of face masks was induced, it has become difficult to recognise even faces that we know of due to the covering. Well, as a creative solution to this problem of recognition being hidden behind the masks, artist Jorge Roriz has been using his art to make masks that look exactly like that of a face.
The 65-year-old artist, who used to create the magical world of Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival with its colourful costumes and fantastic floats, has now shifted his interest toward painting face masks that look so accurate as to be uncanny.
As he speaks wearing his mask, his mouth, like that of a ventriloquist, does not appear to move. “I use this mask in order not to lose my identity,” Roriz said.
To make the masks sit perfectly with the face of the person wearing it, Roriz, with the help of a clear picture of the person, paints the person’s lower face on to a white mask. After the base is created, the artist takes time over the details like skin hue and lips.
The masks have become popular especially with people who don’t want to hide their face but are also keen to protect themselves against the virus.
“It’s vital that people look after themselves, it’s good that people use masks,” he said. “I’ve had a really positive reaction, people laugh. Something that was meant to be sad became something that brings joy,” he adds in the video.