Colectivo ESTOY Art Toys

El Salvador’s Colectivo ESTOY Shares Art Toy Creations with CENAR Students

El Salvador’s Colectivo ESTOY includes artists, illustrators, and designers.

Students from the School of Visual Arts at the National Art Center (CENAR) and the general public attended a discussion with Colectivo ESTOY representatives on June 12. They spoke about their art toy creations during the event, as reported by the Ministry of Culture of El Salvador.

 

 

Colectivo ESTOY Art Toy
El Salvador’s Colectivo ESTOY Shares Art Toy Creations with CENAR Students. Image Credit: Ministerio de Cultura, El Salvador.

 

 

 

Colectivo ESTOY Art Toy
El Salvador’s Colectivo ESTOY Shares Art Toy Creations with CENAR Students. Image Credit: Ministerio de Cultura, El Salvador.

 

 

Artists Flor Martínez, Roberto Herrera (a former CENAR student), Américo Andrade, Óscar Kein, and Víctor Velado revealed their creative processes for these collectible figures made from resin, metals, 3D printing, and paper.

Many of the characters shown are inspired by pre-Hispanic figures, such as the nahuales of the jaguar and deer or the wheeled dog from Cihuatán, which inspired the character Xolo, used as the logo and mascot of the collective, explained Kein.

One of the notable creations was the character Coli, by Martínez, who, inspired by hummingbird legends, created a colorful paper figure with both pre-Hispanic and modern elements.

 

 

Colectivo ESTOY Art Toy
El Salvador’s Colectivo ESTOY Shares Art Toy Creations with CENAR Students. Image Credit: Ministerio de Cultura, El Salvador.

 

 

Colectivo ESTOY Art Toy
El Salvador’s Colectivo ESTOY Shares Art Toy Creations with CENAR Students. Image Credit: Ministerio de Cultura, El Salvador.

 

 

“It is a character with a historical basis: he is the messenger of the gods, a dressed-up character who decided to modernize himself, bought a phone, and no longer writes in dreams but on social media. Hummingbirds have heart attacks, which is why the character has a burning heart. They need to eat, so he carries a candy,” Martínez explained.

Another figure presented was Diablito, a character based on the talcigüín, created by Herrera, who said this piece will be showcased at the upcoming International Art Toy Con Festival, to be held on July 20 and 21 at the National Library of El Salvador (BINAES).

 

 

Colectivo ESTOY Art Toy
El Salvador’s Colectivo ESTOY Shares Art Toy Creations with CENAR Students. Image Credit: Ministerio de Cultura, El Salvador.

 

 

Colectivo ESTOY Art Toy
El Salvador’s Colectivo ESTOY Shares Art Toy Creations with CENAR Students. Image Credit: Ministerio de Cultura, El Salvador.

 

 

The Salvadoran collective is one of fourteen countries that will participate in the international event, featuring artists from Brazil, Spain, Chile, Mexico, and Colombia, among others.

 

 

Colectivo ESTOY Art Toy
El Salvador’s Colectivo ESTOY Shares Art Toy Creations with CENAR Students. Image Credit: Ministerio de Cultura, El Salvador.

 

 

Colectivo ESTOY Art Toy
El Salvador’s Colectivo ESTOY Shares Art Toy Creations with CENAR Students. Image Credit: Ministerio de Cultura, El Salvador.

 

The topic sparked interest among students and the general public, who asked questions and praised the collective for the exceptional and innovative work they promote in the country.

“Five artists from Colectivo ESTOY shared their experiences with Art Toys during a discussion held this afternoon at CENAR. Art Toys is an artistic field where small-format three-dimensional character figures are created using materials such as resin, paper, wood, or metal. Some designs are inspired by pre-Hispanic figures like the wheeled dog from Cihuatán, which led to the creation of the character Xolo, the collective’s logo and mascot. Various Art Toys were showcased during the discussion, which was attended by students from the School of Visual Arts at CENAR. The students showed great interest in this artistic discipline,” celebrated the Ministry of Culture of El Salvador in their Facebook page.

 


Soledad Quartucci | CEO/Founder, Latina Republic

Latina Republic is dedicated to promoting regional understanding through compelling narratives, articles, interviews, and reports that emanate from the heart of the Americas. Our foremost goal is to facilitate constructive dialogue by illuminating local viewpoints frequently overshadowed by mainstream media. Our mission is to equip all stakeholders with essential insights for addressing regional issues, thus empowering them in their efforts. We are committed to portraying the victories and hardships of everyday life in Latin America, while also chronicling the progression of social movements and amplifying the voices of those at the forefront of change.