Art in Cuba: Janio Núñez and His Tobacco Leaf Sculptures

So amazing!

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Janio Núñez is a talented Cuban artist who has the gift of making incredible sculptures exclusively from tobacco leaves. He creates works of art both tiny and life-size that prove there are better things to do with tobacco than smoking it. Apparently he has created sculptures of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, José Martí, Winston Churchill, Jack Nicholson, Groucho Marx, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, among many others, entirely with tobacco leaves.

Janio’s fascination with tobacco began as a little boy, watching his grandparents roll cigars at the factory. He started copying them and ended up becoming a tobacco leaf roller himself. He worked at the factory, but after passing evaluations, he was sent to Varadero, Cuba’s largest resort in Cuba, to roll cigars for tourists. Everything was normal until one day when something really strange happened. He began seeing his co-workers like they were made entirely of tobacco leaves. He would get…

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