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Jose Sierra

Jose Sierra

Profile Location
Forrest Grove , OR

José Sierra was born in Mérida, Venezuela in 1975. While José is a mostly self-taught artist, he studied art at the University of the Andes in Mérida, Venezuela from 1993-1996, where he learned the basic skills of mixing clay, glazes, as well as wheel throwing. In 1996, José began working professionally as an artist in Mérida, Venezuela, doing mostly sculpture. In 2000, José moved to Iowa where he dedicated himself to both sculpture and pottery. José is currently living in Forest Grove, OR where he is working full-time as an artist.

Artist Statement

I grew up in the Andes of Venezuela. The images and memories of coffee mills, intensely colored mountains, dramatic landscape, pre-Colombian art and architecture as well as contemporary design all combine to influence and inspire my work. By altering wheel-thrown porcelain and stoneware, my work fuses organic and geometrical forms, in which I express both the fluidity and abruptness of the shapes and lines in the landscapes and architecture that surround me. The colors of the Andes and Catalina Mountains also inspire my palette of glazes and engobes, which are achieved through high-firing in oxidation and reduction.


Exhibitions Featuring this Artist

McKenzie Phelps
James Bockelman
Owen Buffington
Kim Darling
Tom Kreager
Brad Krieger
Louis LaBudda
Hannah McBroom
Lana Miller
Cathy Patterson
Jose Sierra
Dan Terpstra
5/21/19 to 8/24/19
Multiple Mediums

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