Serena Janet Israel (1971), the creator of the Chichi®, is a professional mould maker, designer, art restorator, artist and art teacher of German origin. She settled down in Curaçao years ago, after she sailed around the world in a self built sailing boat for an adventurous period of eight years.
In 2007 Serena was giving workshops at Landhuis Bloemhof, one of her many part-time jobs at the time, which she had to do in order to support her family. There she wanted to teach her students the art of papier- mâché, and so the very first Chichi® was born, made from chicken wire, paper and glue. Chichi® was primarily inspired by voluptuous art, similar to the previously known ancient ‘Venus of Willendorf’ sculpture, the ‘Nana’ by Niki de Saint Phalle and the art work of Fernando Botero.
Strong • Proud • Caribbean
Chichi® is a sensual, well rounded Caribbean figure. She represents the vibrant, dynamic and responsible older sister. She is handmade and hand painted in bright Caribbean colors by local craftsmen and painters at Serena’s Art Factory in Curaçao and can be taken home as a delightful souvenir or an original piece of art.
Chichi is the Papiamentu word for ‘big sister’. She represents the eldest daughter of the family, who binds the family together in a loving and caring way. She is a much appreciated female role model in the Caribbean community of today and a very live part of its colorful heritage.
Rooted firmly in Caribbean culture, Chichi® was created by Berlin born artist ‘Serena Janet Israel’. The Chichi® doll definitely has characteristics of the famous Austrian ‘Venus of Willendorf’ sculpture, and the women created by Fernando Botero and Niki de Saint Phalle, but is absolutely a unique personality on her own.