Felipe Jesus Consalvos


Twentieth-century Cuban-American artist Felipe Jesus Consalvos worked in a cigar factory, where he collected the colorful papers that became the materials for his collages. Self-taught as an artist, he produced two-dimensional work as well as cigar-papered furniture and musical instruments which, at the time of his death, filled his entire house. His work has been referred to as "cheery almost to the point of giddiness, yet a savvy sense of humor was always evident." Consalvos worked over a thirty-year period from 1920-1950. 

Kohler Foundation acquired four collages by Consalvos; three are 2-D pieces and the fourth is an embellished violin and case. Cleaning and minor conservation was performed by Meghan Thumm Mackey Conservation of Madison, Wisconsin. 

Two additional collages were acquired in 2012, a guitar and a tambourine. All have been added to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center collection.