Le Mangue



This is my homage to one of the best caricaturists and cartoonists ever, HonorĂ© Daumier. This is both a visual allusion to his famous cartoon, “Les Poires”(The Pears), depicting the then King Louie Philippe of France in 1831.

This caricature is a depicting of current Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro. Mauro is the successor of power following the death of previous “president” Hugo Chavez. Although Chavez had his own horrible track record on human rights and clamping down on the press when they challenged his vision of an authoritarian socialist Venezuela, Maduro has gone after the opposition almost more violently, using a private militia called the Colectivos to threaten or even kill members of the opposition (VICE).

Recently there have been a string of strange occurrences of Venezuelans throwing yellow mangos at Maduro, often with written demands of new apartments(http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/24/world/venezuela-maduro-mango-to-the-head/). This seemed a fitting story to center this cartoon on, by drawing Maduro as the embodiment of giving favors to his Chavista supporters among the population. He is saying, “Soy Maduro, pero no estoy maduro”, a play on the double use of “maduro”, meaning, “ripe”, or the president’s name. He is Maduro, but not a ripe or mature one.

Vive Daumier.