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My work as a sculptor is grounded of stone and wood and the forging of free form stainless steel. Wheter as single or mixed media compositions, my art reflects a deep understanding of the materials and their technical and artistic posibilities. Conceptually my work is a discourse between tension and harmony that often tricks the eye with soft materials rendered to appear hard, and hard materials often to look soft and sinuous. There are many metaphors in this expressive dialogue. I have endeavored to dissolve the boundaries of form and function.

I was born in 1974 in México City where I still have a home. As a young man, I had the opportunity to study at the city College of San Francisco between 1993 and 1994.

In 1995 I starde my studies in Industrial Design at the Metropolitan University in México City, moving shortly thereafter to sculpt alongside architect, painter and sculptor Fernando Arnaud. It did not take long for me to discover that in working with stone, I found the fullment and balance betwen my creative and my physical strengt was needed as much as intelligence.

By 1999, I had formed the C. Tlasahuates Workshop in Zacualpan de Amilpas, Morelos, México as a learning, design and production center for en art, and artful utilitarian objects. This effort has been feed these past 16 years with the knowledge I gained from visiting sculptors and other artisans workshop around México in an effort to learn as many differente techniques with a variety of materials including stone, wood, natural bers and metals.



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