I grew up in Caracas, Venezuela. One of my early memories was going to the Art Gallery and getting inside the Jesus Soto interactive sculpture and wondering around the Museum. I like so many artists with different approach to art like Soto, Cruz Diez, Calder, Matisse, Chagall, Jacobo Borges, Niki de Saint Phalle, Louise Bourgeois, Moore, Cezanne, Serra, and Alirio Palacios.

I consider myself a self-taught artist. I had the opportunity to take classes with great mentors in Caracas, Colorado, Los Angeles and Edmonton. They always encouraged me to follow my instincts for art, be obsessed and get real. Since 2002, I have been working with a medium that many people see as fragile, but for me itís a source of infinite possibilities and joy: Glass. I feel that I flow with it.

The process of making glass require to work with a set of variables, not just art in the form of composition, colors, and design; also the technicality of the process is the key of success in a piece. Kilns are sometimes temperamental. The paint and micas that I use donít change when you fire them. But thereís always an element of uncertainty with all the pieces. In the end, you never know until you open the kiln.

For me, Public Art is one of the most important achievements for an artist. Communities need art because art enriches relationships and creates a common ground for interaction and enjoyment. It is a way to create spiritual and cultural growth.

In 2010 I was awarded a commission to be part of a beautiful public art project. The glass wall is in the new Strathcona County Library in Sherwood Park, Alberta. You can see the video of the installation and unveiling here in my website,
under Project.

Many people ask me how I get inspired. Inspiration is all around me and around us. A Venezuelan artist once said that he doesnít become inspired; he contemplates. For an artist, life and art are one and the same.


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