Art in Ceramics

Art in Ceramics

Visual Arts

By: Patty Monserrat / Photos by: José (Tito) Meriño

At a very young age his father led him by the hand into the secrets of making beauty from clay. Today artisan Fernando Velázquez Torres is admired for his expertise in combining ceramics and painting in medium and large scale creations, with flora, fauna and human experiences as predominant motifs.

Art in CeramicsSon of Fernando Velázquez Vigil (1950 - 2002), considered an icon of late 20th century Cuban artistic pottery, Velázquez began working 15 years ago with jars and other useful items. He then on moved on, with considerable artistic skill, to larger pieces such as tables, benches, chairs and jardinières.

Fair in Martinique, and is planning to attend Havana’s International Craft Fair (FIART) in December and, next year, the Biennial of Visual Arts in Havana. Among his international commitments there are several exhibitions planned in New York City.

Awarded in FIART’s 12th edition in 2008 for the quality of his work, and winner of the second prize at the La Vasija Ceramics Biennial in Havana’s historic center, Velázquez takes some time for other occupations unrelated to the field of art.