To me, the sculpture is like meeting innocence again. It is being like a child. When I think about the materials, when I put them together, when the image of a project comes to my mind it is like inventing –it is inventing –and that’s being a child.Carlos Cazares
How do you find your inspiration?
Interview By: Julie Boyd
Howard Community College, Columbia, MD outside of Washington, DC.
To me, the sculpture is like meeting innocence again. It is being like a child. When I think about the materials, when I put them together, when the image of a project comes to my mind it is like inventing –it is inventing –and that’s being a child. I enjoy sculpture the same way a child enjoys playing. I believe inspiration comes to me at the time when I feel like a child, creating with all the freedom that God gave us. It is in those times that I can feel a breeze of innocence caressing my senses.
Could you help me understand the meanings?
I believe the true meaning of the work can be found in the work processes. Even though aesthetic and cosmetic beauty is part of a sculpture, it is not everything. To me, beauty can be found in the changes we can make in our life through experience. Processes give value to sense and expression. Being honest with my work is reflected in the final product. Truth and beauty go hand in hand. A sculpture can change a life just by looking at it. If we capture the true expression of love in that canvas, we will be able to transform people’s hearts.
Why do you work With The materials That you do?
The materials I use in the sculpture are common, meaning that they are not precious metals. These are very natural colors. I believe my style is constructivism; I like the fact that we are able to see and feel every one of these materials as raw as possible. When the work is finished and exhibited in a museum or in a gallery, that’s when we can see the value of the piece. With materials that simple we can create pieces of aesthetic value that give harmony to the spaces and hence change their atmosphere.
Was there a particular moment or event in your life or faith journey that your art shaped you most?
I became seriously interested in arts at the same time that I understood my life needed to be restored. About 9 years ago I had a factory with a friend where we made metal furniture. I remember I started using the leftover metal pieces in the factory. Later I added wood, concrete, and polymer to my work. I was really setting the stage for a new season in my life. That’s the time when I learned the truth through the word written in the Bible and I felt free. I understood that I was beginning to walk on a journey of art, faith, and culture.
Do you have any Thoughts or suggestions for how I Might Appreciate and understand better how art works in the world today?
Art is a gift from heaven to humanity. Arts help us understand life from a spiritual perspective. This language is based on an intense need to express ourselves reflecting our civilizations in each cycle of history. The art phenomenon is always strengthened in the difficult times of humanity. It is through the arts that we have meditated more in life. I believe the artist is able to see what not everyone can see; he is a type of prophet that gives the world a message of reconciliation with the beginning of things. In this XXI Century, we are more exposed than ever to artistic expressions, I am sure we can print hope, we can hear the sound of love. Art is a great channel to expose us to the Creator’s light and to open a window so we can see the path that will take us back home.
I noticed that you had written about your son being born with Down’s Syndrome. How has that shaped your art? Specifically the sculpture.
When Daniel was born (our little boy with Down Syndrome) my outlook on life began to change and now I understand more about the Kingdom of Heaven. Through my son, I have learned more about purity and innocence. Daniel is like a piece of Heaven on Earth. now I understand the aesthetic perspective of beauty and truth that transgresses all reality.