Carlos Kaiju Part 3 !

If you were lucky enough to attend the Toy Karma opening you saw some pretty cool and maybe slightly shocking one of a kind fiberglass sculptures by Carlos Enriquez Gonzalez ! Ok I’ve blogged about Carlos before.. yes, his 14 foot tall Dakron will be done very soon ( pics soon ! ) and I always joke to Carlos I want one … only problem is it’s way too tall and …the price is in the 5 figures ( if you know what i mean ! ) … anyways Carlos goes thru a rather hand intensive process on each figure ( ok no jokes here ) first each is carved in wood, than special molds are made, and from those fiberglass copies are this case these figures only have 6-8 unique versions …. after the raw casting is pulled each one must be sanded down and patched up if needed. Once done each is primed for paint. Now the magic begins… very expensive auto paint with glitter in it is used to hand paint each figure. No two figures are the same .. each has a subtle “fade” in it’s painting.. something that no photo can pick up.. much like a low rider car these figures simply glow in the sun ! Since these figures are so limited the cost is not cheap. These are not toys or even customs.. but rather fine art, think Murakami or dare I say Warhol … in approach. His vision of the erotic and kaiju is most evident in these pieces and believe me they do make an impression. But also infused in his work is a child-like quality and sensibilty ..even with the naughty bits there’s a wink and a sense of humor to it. I think we Americans tend to take some things a bit too seriously nowadays and Carlos’ work is not to be taken too seriously in my opinion. But I do realize it is not for everyone and I think maybe this current market is not quite ready for these particular pieces, but I love the Ear monster, which I believe has sold.
After each run is done the molds are destroyed and will never be released again.
The Brain Helmet was a big hit and I think it sucked out some of my grey matter after I wore it 😉 Carlos was very kind to gift me the figure above.. I call it Kaiju Eyezons sister ( ha-ha.. but it’s a piece of art I will covet… I forgot to get carlos to sign it …ugh !
Presently Carlos has a few of these figures in the Rotofugi show, but usually can only be found in his gallery in Miami. Carlos has a show in Cuba soon, plus a solo show in Miami by years end. Carlos said he has many more huge objects to work on.. I shudder to think what this can mean !!!

About toykarma

Over the years Mark Nagata has collected thousands of toys and a fair amount of titles. The man behind San Francisco-based Max Toy Company is widely known as: Toy Collector. Illustrator. Magazine Founder/Publisher. Toy Designer. Artist. Author. Husband. Father. But the one description that might fit best is an unofficial one – Kaiju Toy and Art Ambassador. In the Japanese-inspired art and toy area, as well as throughout the larger toy collecting community, Mark is welcomed and recognized for his personal passion and commitment to supporting artists all around the world and the unique works they create. Beginning as a collector in his youth, Mark has had for years a keen eye for great art and a personal interest in collecting that he has spread through a variety of outlets. Trained at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, Mark honed his skills working for himself and for some of the most notable businesses in the country. As a freelance commercial illustrator, he completed works for such prominent companies as Lucasfilms, DC Comics, Hasbro Toys, IBM, Sony, and numerous advertising and design firms, both national and international. Mark’s colorful style graces over 40 cover paintings for R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps book series – Give Yourself Goosebumps. After hundreds of assignments, Mark made the decision to move in another direction, and that choice has led to whole new career as a successful businessman. For four years, the owner of one of the largest Ultraman toy collections in the world co-published Super 7 Magazine showcasing the finest in Japanese toy collecting. “I’d been collecting Japanese toys all along and suddenly realized it would be cool to have a magazine of some type devoted to them,” Nagata says. Mark’s devotion to presenting collectors with a selection of original figures inspired by classic Japanese toys from the 1960s and ‘70s as well as new versions of licensed Japanese characters is at the heart of Max Toy Company. Named for his son, Max Toys specializes in custom and limited editions of “kaiju” (Japanese monsters) toys and artwork. Many of the original toys produced are hand painted by Mark, a tradition that goes back to Japanese toy makers of the past. “Since our target is the soft vinyl Japanese toy collector, which is a very small niche, our runs of toys can be extremely small,” Mark says. “Runs range from 500 pieces of one toy to just one for a hand-painted, one-of-a-kind custom figure.” Through Max Toys, Mark has taken great pains to widen the reach of his two passions – toys and art. He played a significant part in the development of the first group kaiju show in the United States. Held at the Rotofugi Gallery in Chicago, Illinois in 2007, the “Toy Karma” Show featured detailed work from artists from Japan, the U.S. and South America. Participants marveled at the custom-painted toys and art on display. “Toy Karma” led to Mark being asked to be one of the artists spotlighted in the “Beyond Ultraman: Seven Artists Explore the Vinyl Frontier” exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. The October 2007 show, held jointly with the Los Angeles Toy, Doll and Amusement Museum, marked the first time – in a museum setting – that the influence of Japanese toys on California artists was explored. The exhibit featured more than 30 of Mark’s original paintings, toys and a selection of his vintage toy collection. Mark continued to be at the forefront as interest in Japanese-inspired art and toys expanded in 2008. Prestigious art houses Philips De Pury and Christie’s in New York and London sold Mark’s hand-painted custom kaiju toys in its auctions, spreading this unique art and toy movement into new and uncharted areas of the art world. In 2009, Mark once again took his love of toys and art overseas this time to a receptive and welcoming audience in Tokyo, Japan. Here, Mark curated the “Kaiju Comrades” Art Show, once again bringing together artists from various aspects of the kaiju toy realm in this first-of-its-kind toy art show. The following year found Mark in Barcelona, Spain co-curating with Emilio Garcia “Kaiju Attack,” the European country’s first kaiju art show. As the growth of kaiju art and toys increases worldwide, Mark continues in his unofficial role of Kaiju Toy and Art Ambassador. He has written and had his artwork and toy designs included in several books and magazines, both domestic and international. In 2010, Mark served as guest lecturer on kaiju and the toy-making process at the Morikami Museum in Florida. The San Francisco resident and his art can also be spotted in the first volume of the “ToyPunks” DVD and the “Toys R Us” DVD, while the video for the number one song by Owl City “Fireflies” featured Mark’s popular Kaiju Eyezon character. During this same time period, Mark has spearheaded the “Toy Karma 2” and “Kaiju Comrades 2” shows and has plans for future shows both in the U.S. and overseas. “Max Toys allows me to produce original artwork, new toys and work directly with a lot of talented artists,” Mark says. “Max Toy is a synthesis of toys and art, both life-long passions.”
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