Mr. Fúchila


Frida 4587


Frida 4587, A Gum Mosaic




4x4 Wood Panel

Canel's Chiclet Gum

Hot Glue




Frida 4587 is a portrait of the renowned Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, made up of 4587 pieces of Canel's gum. This gum aka "chiclets", are deeply rooted in nostalgia, or what I call "Chicanostalgia."

As a child, I remember visiting Mexico with my family and roaming the colorful mercados. I have vivid memories of the fruit stands, street performers, and kids my age selling candy. It's undeniable the influence these memories have had on my work.

A visual designer by trade, at a basic level, my job involves me pushing pixels around the screen. On this occasion, after designing the layout on screen, I traded pixels for chiclets and got to work.

“FRIDA 4587”


Laying 4587 Chiclets by Hand

The Setup

The prep made all the difference in my grueling, weekend-long build time.


Proudly smiling (and half asleep) behind my finished mosaic of Frida Kahlo.

Making the Rounds

She proudly displayed at various galleries in Oakland, San Francisco, San José, and even at Google Headquarters in Mountain View.

“Last Minute Art Show” at Cukui in Japan Town, San José, CA

Sanchez Contemporary Gallery in Oakland, CA

Hot Off the Press

Honored to have Frida 4587 get so much love from the interwebs

Yahoooooooo. Yahoo! came correct. read

HipLatina kicked off the love parade! read

HuffPost, Latino Voices blessed us with a raving writeup. read

She even made it onto POPSUGAR. !!! read