ERNESTO OVALLE  - COLOMBIA / AUCKLAND

I am the son and grandson of jewellers. I was raised surrounded by the joy of creation. Everything from my past influences my work and I have been trained by both experience and from studying Fine Arts in Colombia.  I remember my forefathers working with coins in their artworks - it is such a wonderfully simple way to express the past, future and present. The mint on a coin speaks of a nation, or perhaps the idea of a nation and its people. I myself have searched for illumination as to what is Aotearoa amongst the trinkets that time forgot, and in the drawers of antique shops I came across these coins.  I'm always searching for the expression of life though art. My gift for the world is that I might capture but a twinkle of the beauty of nature and the soul. In my work I may capture only a spark, but that spark may fire a universe of imagination. I love the freedom of working with my hands...that freedom is an expression of the soul.



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