Víctor Hugo Yáñez Piña
Mexican artist Víctor Hugo Yáñez Piña is known for his incredible figurative sculptures in wax, resin and bronze. Her recent work explores the power of self-reliance to forge your own path. The piece, titled Self-Taught Man, presents a male subject. It is equipped with traditional carving tools. With a hammer and a chisel, which takes it upon itself to carve out its idealized form from a larger body.
While many figurative sculptures in the history of art explore the aesthetics of a “perfect” human form. Piña’s work is unique in its use of a sovereign subject who makes the choice for himself. Also, the tools given to do it. This idea was also explored by Brazilian artist Gabriel D’Orazio, who made a similar digital piece that looks like a marble sculpture.
After completing the Self-Taught Man, Piña made a complementary sculpture. A woman who does the same job. Like her male counterpart, she is portrayed halfway through her task. She, too, uses a chisel and hammer to finish sculpting the rest of her body. Both Self-Educated Male and Self-Educated Female weigh approximately 22 pounds and are approximately 50 1.6 feet tall.