Admirer of the absurd
Originally from: Brazil, but living in Arizona since 1994
Education: I have a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Arizona State University in Wood Sculpture and a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Sculpture from ASU.
Background: I enjoyed the cartoonish quality of many sculptures and paintings I saw and started drawing cartoon figures at a very young age. It was easy to transition into sculpture and to incorporate fun and cartoon into the work.
Professional activities: I have a full-time studio. I produce my own work for galleries, commissions and national and international competitions. I also teach my craft to other wood artists and I am heavily involved with the woodturning community. I travel around the country teaching workshops to woodturning clubs and participating in symposia.
Résumé highlights: I received the Purchase Award (one of the Governor’s Annual Awards for the Arts) and was a Niche Award finalist for six years in a row, including this year. I was also the recipient of a Purchase Award from the Slugger Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. I have had work featured in books, Teapots Makers and Collectors, by Dona Z. Meilach, andWood Art Today 2, published by Schiffer Books, and in Phoenix Home and Garden magazine. I have work in the permanent collections of museums and prominent private collections.
Art genre/style: Eclectic: fantasy, surrealism, realism and naturalism
Medium of choice: Wood
Favorite works of art: Claes Oldenburg’s sculptures – all of them, and Ron Mueck’s absurd interpretations of people.
Current projects/exhibits: I’m working on a piece for a fundraising exhibit entitled Beyond Containment, for the Outreach Program of the American Association of Woodturners. I currently have work on display at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport for their Arizona Centennial show, Arizona’s Valentine, and two pieces in Terminal 3. I am also showing at the Shemer Art Center in Phoenix.