Carlos Albert

Carlos Munoz Garcia and Albert Ickenroth, better known for their trade name “CarlosAlbert”, with their endless imagination, great humor and magic combination of colors have created this work of fantasy that gives life to unique and original creations.

Albert, a native from the Netherlands where he studied economics and art appreciation always loved the great masters like Van Gogh and Rembrandt.  In 1976 he took vacations in Mexico and was fascinated by the people, culture, colors and wildlife.  He decided to stay and found work as a designer in a world-renowned papier maché workshop, where he taught new procedures and techniques not previously known to Mexico.  Later he opened his own workshop where he started to experiment with new designs in papier maché and other materials, including unique silver and gold, and papier maché jewelry.

“For me, creating is an essential part of my life.  If you don’t continue experimenting and learning something new, you might as well just go back to bed.”

Carlos, a native of Mexico, after studying English in the U. S., was accepted at the University for the School of Fine Arts, where he took private lessons in drawing, painting and jewelry making.

“My designs are related with elements of the firmament that were venerated by our ancestors and fascinated me all my life.  Each design has it’s own personality that reflects my Mexican essence.”

Carlos and Albert started to work as a team in 1990, establishing their studio in Tlaquepaque, Mexico, where thy create life-size animals in ceramic, fiberglass as well as papier maché, animals with soul and spirit begging for a hug.  Their hug suns and moons add color and expression to walls around the world.  Their line of smaller animals done in ceramic or bronze, portray hidden human foibles.  Each original figurine is one of a limited edition of 150, meticulously hand painted and signed by the artists.  They add warmth and expression to homes throughout the world, and inspire the hearts of children and adults alike.

Carlos and Albert are devoting much of their time to their jewelry.  Fashioned from sterling silver and papier maché in exuberant colors, or in more conservative sterling silver and 18 karat gold vermeil, these intricately fashioned designs depict suns and moons with character, amusing animals and objects from nature.

Carlos and Albert are also the creators of most of the non-moving animal figures at the Rainforest Cafes.

For the excellence in the design and production of their unique and beautiful pieces, Carlos and Albert have received the classification as Master Artisans of Mexico.  Their appealing designs and fanciful colors have been imitated around the world.

Casa Luna is proud to be the exclusive Canadian retailer to represent their incredible works of art!

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