LEROY E. FRESQUEZ Jr.
METAL ARTIST – FOUND & RECYCLED MATERIALS
LLANO, NEW MEXICO, U.S.A.
As told to Nick Beason
I have been creating and selling sculpture since high school, where I developed my conscious and personal emphasis on artistic design. As time went on, I was able to dedicate more of my time to sculpture, and my career in welding gave me the opportunity to apply innovative techniques to my art.
My art uses recycled materials, and by working with found metal, I’m able to tap into a source of abundant discarded industrial objects, which tell a story that I can then translate into an abstraction of present day reality. My design and construction processes are executed with care, demonstrating respect for the material’s past use and function. My technique is the result of my mastery of welding, perfected through years of diligent practice and experience.
I have been inspired by the work of one of my favorite sculptors, Alexander Calder – www.calder.org
Each time I complete a piece of sculpture I feel more connected to my inner self and my ability to create something new and vibrant from old, abandoned materials.
|October 1978||Born Taos, New Mexico||1992-1997||Metals and Welding Classes at Junior High and High School||May 1997||Graduated at Peñasco High School|
|October 1997-May 1999||Northern New Mexico Community College – Associates of Applied Science Welding Technology|
|September 2007 – 2011||High Road to Taos Art Studio Tour|
|July 2010||Contemporary Hispanic Market, Santa Fe, New Mexico (Juried show for high quality work)|
|September 2010||Affair In The Park, Taos, New Mexico (Juried show)|
|December 2010||Contemporary Winter Market, Santa Fe, New Mexico (Juried show for high quality work)|
|July 2011||Contemporary Hispanic Market, Santa Fe, New Mexico (Juried show for high quality work)|