The population of all the islands of Solentiname put together is about 1,200 people (in truth no census has ever been done). Of these, perhaps 200 practice making art more or less intensively. Many are carvers of the balsa wood that grows like weeds in Solentiname. They paint their carvings with acrylics. About 60 practice the art of oil
painting on canvas, in a very slow and delicate style, using tiny brushes with which they build up their detailed depictions of nature and their life as campesinos.