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ENRIQUE GOMEZ DE MOLINA SENTENCE FOR ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING

pigeon mixed with squirrel Miami-Based artist Enrique Gomez de Molina  was  represented by Bernice Steinbaum Gallery in Miami at this years Art Wynwood.  De Molina’s controversial art, morphs the body parts of different animals to create a surrealistic species. I get what he did was illegal and  being that he is charged for concealment, implies De Molina knew it was illegal. Illegal as it may, seeing his work in person, the concept is unique and his craftsmanship is almost flawless.  Most recently at Art Wynwood, his artwork located at the entrance of the event was composed of mixed pigeon and what seemed to be a squirrel. At art Basel one of his pieces sold for $80,000. Friday he was sentenced  to 20 months in prison.and received  strong words from U.S attorney Wilfredo A. Ferrer: “For years, De Molina illegally imported parts and remains of endangered and threatened species, including a cobra, a pangolin, hornbills, and the skulls of babirusa and orangutans, and used them to create taxidermy pieces that he sold for as much as $80,000,” said U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer in a statement. “Trafficking in endangered and threatened species, whether for personal profit or under the guise of art, is illegal.”

source: Sun Sentinel

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