Blind Mexican Sculptor Inspires With Beautiful Figures Of Indigenous Women
"I have lost my sight, but I haven't lost my life."
Jose Garcia Antonio's sculptures are all the more amazing because the Oaxacan-born folk artist is blind.
Jose lost his sight to glaucoma decades ago, but he didn't let that stop him from dedicating his life to art.
"My sight was completely gone, but I didn't lose hope or become sad or bitter. I looked at myself and said, 'I have lost my sight, but I haven't lost my life.'"
Jose has learned to "see" with his hands. "I can make figures using my hands as if they were my eyes." His figures of rural life, mythical animals, and indigenous women are known around the world.
His wife, Santa Reina, says she admires him for his indomitable spirit.
"He was never sad. He would tell me don't cry...I'm going to work so that you and my children can eat."
"As Jose Garcia’s art spreads across the world, his message of positivity through adversity travels too, in the indigenous faces he sculpts."