Artisan Organization: Antonio Rojas
"Hola. I'm Antonio Rojas Colmenares and I was born in Ancash on January 28, 1970. Following our family tradition, I live my life amid wood and patterns to cut it into shapes. I then carve them and, although the work is done by hand, I try to give them a perfect finish. I join the pieces and then sand them to get rid of any imperfections. Next, I apply a base of chalk and latex to cover the wood's pores. I love to paint the colors after a careful and exquisite selection. I do this with very fine brushes in different sizes. Finally, I fix the tonalities, give the piece a sheen and add a layer of matte lacquer for an antique effect.
"My pieces are filled with life from the olden times and reflect the style of vintage pieces. Although those times are gone, I continue with that tradition so as not to lose our identity. I try to transmit my love for life and for nature ‚Äì its flowers, birds and all the rich flora and fauna of our country.
"I'd describe my work as life itself, and my existence together with it. When I was only 17, I created my first piece in wood and it was a great pleasure, an immense satisfaction for its esthetic. Today I haven't stopped practicing my art as it guides my hands toward what my thoughts decide in that moment of pleasure as I stand before the wood.""