I have been playing with clay since I was a child, first at Elementary and then at High School in Puerto Rico. The act of creation in clay was a joyful experience!
My serious art studies began in the 1970’s, at “Escuela de Artes Plásticas del Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan” and “Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras”. To continue my education I moved to New York, completing in 1976 a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in printmaking, drawing and ceramics and in 1983 a Master of Fine Arts majoring in painting, ceramics and sculpture at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
I have received many awards in the Professional Juried Art Show at the Ventura County Fair over the past years. I’m a member of Ventura County Potters Guild and a participant in many exhibitions in Oxnard, Ventura and Ojai. I have being an Award Recipient of the City of Oxnard Cultural Art Grant for the past three years.
Artwork Portfolio on Ceramics and Story Telling
The ceramic art works included in this portfolio dates from different years. The images tell a personal story that could be imaginary or real or the result of research and study from ancient art. Other visualizations are drawn from reality, nostalgic memories and meditations on living experiences. Your own interpretation on the stories adds a universal meaning to my artwork.
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where my most vivid memories of nature’s beauty are engraved into my memory. For the past two decades my passion has been working with clay, being the best medium that expresses my emotions and spiritual life. I intend to honor the natural and spiritual elements in life. I am inspired by ancient relics and cultures of the world, also by people’s mental and psychological being.
The most important element of my art as an artist is the routine process to get to create my art pieces. First, I work intuitively to visualize an image. Then, analyze, measure, build up… marking and scratching the clay surface until I get what I want. The final result is the product of reflection and meditation of many thoughts and ideas. The process is joyful, sometimes more complicated, but the final creation is a satisfying learning experience.
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