Carlos Munoz and Albert IckenrothWelcome to a world of fantasy, imagination, humor and color...all combined in these delightfully whimsical ceramic figures by Carlos Munoz and Albert Ickenroth. Albert is a native Dutchman, where he studied art and culture as a youth, became enamored of the great masters, and ultimately discovered his talent for working in paper mache, bronze and copper. In the mid-1970's he vacationed in Mexico and was fascinated by the people, culture, colors and wildlife. He returned on a more permanent basis and met Carlos Munoz, a native Mexican who also studied art. The two began working together as the Carlos-Albert team in 1990, creating life-size and larger animals in porcelain as well as paper mache.
Many years later, most of the apprentice artisans who went to work with Carlos and Albert at the inception of their business are still with them today. When you tour the studio there is an atmosphere of positive energy and joy in the work environment that is reflected in the creation of their art. Each original figurine pictured on these web pages is one of a limited edition of 150, meticulously hand painted and signed by the artists. They add warmth and expression to homes throughout the world, and inspire the hearts of children and adults alike. They are an exceptional value certain to appreciate in worth over the years, and having received the classification as Master Artisan in their trade, a certificate of authenticity signed by Carlos and Albert accompanies each piece.