Fingerprints by Nicolas Jolly
The technique he uses allows him to guide the eye of the observer through the various elements of the scene.
Felipe Jesus Consalvos (1891 – c.1960) was a Cuban-American cigar roller and artist, known for his posthumously-discovered body of art work based on the vernacular tradition of cigar band collage. A large body of Consalvos work was discovered in 1983 at a Philadelphia garage sale. The body of work consists of over 800 collages on paper, found photographs, musical instruments, furniture, and other objects. Consalvos’ playful and often subversively political work—on which he is thought to have collaborated with his son, Jose Felipe Consalvos — appropriated cigar bands and cigar-box paper, along with magazine images, family photographs, postage stamps, and cut-up money. His work has appeared in a number of public exhibitions and collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the American Folk Art Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Consalvos has been described by art critic Roberta Smith as a “self-starting modernist” who is “nearly on a par with folk-art greats like Henry Darger, Martin Ramirez and James Castle.” According to Smith, Consalvos’ work “belongs to the collage continuum from Hannah Höch to Barbara Kruger.”