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Peru's Angel Franco strives to create not just handicrafts, but artwork. "For me this art means a lot in my life; it's a way of providing for my family and at the same time is a passion of mine," he states. Here the artisan presents a cross in black wood accented with bronze and copper in an oxidized green tone. From the glinting sacred heart at the crucifix's center radiant rhombuses spread out in each of the cross's four directions.
Angel and his entire family nearly died in a horrible car accident. It took them almost a year to recover. During this time they struggled to keep their workshop open, fearing every day that they would lose it. They recovered and learned that their Novica customers were there for them when they were able to work again.
Metal work has been part of Peruvian culture since before the Incas. It is an inheritance that my father taught me and I have taught my children. In our workshop we make many replicas of Inca and traditional Peruvian art. We use brass, copper and silver like our ancestors. It keeps our culture alive.
Angel still supports most of his family. He provides for his own wife and the wife of his eldest son. He pays for the education of his children. His Novica sales enable him to do so, providing a steady source of income for the family.
Enabling Education - Angel has four children, his eldest son is unable to pay for the education of his two daughters. Angel provides for his granddaughters' education.
This artist is an elder master and continues to actively practice their craft.