DUBAI - With his mass of curly hair and jovial face, Jorge Raul Ganderatz, a professional caricaturist from Spain, is hard to be missed in a crowd. After travelling to 99 countries, Jorge has made his 100th stop in the UAE for Dubai Shopping Festival 2009.
Khaleej Times caught up with Jorge last week in
It takes him eight to ten minutes to complete a caricature in black and white, and around 20 minutes to do one in colour. Jorge’s hands have created over 60,000 caricatures since he began sketching.
His talent does not stop in painting and doing sketches, his ability to connect with the crowd makes him exceptional.
“It’s my first time in
Jorge, who is now 57, began painting when he was a young boy. “I started to do caricatures professionally when I was very young. I set a stall outside a restaurant in
“I would do caricatures of the passers-by and I set up a small exhibition outside the restaurant. I began to travel and do caricatures in 1975 when I made my first visit to
“Caricatures are a very personal art, it cannot be taught,” said Jorge as he was doing a caricature of
“I don’t know anything about the place before I head for it. It depends on the country I go to; sometimes I stay for six months and sometimes only for a few weeks. In 1978, I visited
Jorge stopped travelling for a while after he got married. “The best caricature I have ever done is of my wife, and the worst is of mine. I tell people that it’s a drawing of my ugly stepbrother,” joked Jorge.
Seventy per cent of Jorge’s customers in
Danica Meyers, who got her caricature done by Jorge, said, “He’s an inspirational character. Doing caricatures is something that I’ve wanted to learn.”
Those who wish to get their caricatures done can visit
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