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luis gonzalez

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Medium: Wood

Booth #: GN59

Born and raised in Colombia, I always had a passion for wood and hand tools. I started as a young adult nurturing my talent and learning the art of wood sculpture by turning and carving. I shared the "fruits of my labor" and talent with my family and before long, demand demonstrated the sheer value of my art. Each hand crafted piece is unique. I moved to Miami in 2003 and since 2006 I have been participating in some of the most renowned juried art shows across the country like the Des Moines Arts Festival.

My primary medium is wood. I work mainly with woods found in South Florida including Oak, Mahogany, Wild Tamarind and Black Mangrove, among others. The wood I collect must go through a drying process which takes years. I use two basic techniques to manually shape each fruit, wood turning and carving. After modeling each piece, I prepare it for painting by sanding and sealing. I use a mixture of vibrant rich colors. For painting, l also use two procedures. First, I use a mixture of stains and acrylics giving my pieces a traditional look. Then to achieve a contemporary appearance, I mix a water base and an oil base printing, creating abstract designs. Once each piece is completely dry, I apply several dense coats of finish between lacquers and resin.

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