Member Monday: Alejandro Herrera Guiñazú

Member Monday > Member Monday: Alejandro Herrera Guiñazú

Member Monday: Alejandro Herrera Guiñazú

posted on 12:15 PM, April 18, 2016
Un camino violeta - 31 x 31 x 8 cm. Casting, stone and glass laminated, coldworking.

Tell us about yourself!

I was brought up in the art world inspired by my parents who bred me with the spirit of glass. I worked at my father's stained glass studio from 1994 to 2004. Since 2010, I have been attending courses in The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass and I have been working in kilncasting and coldworking glass.

What themes do you pursue in your work?
The main themes in my works are based on nature. The mountains and forms inspire me daily. In my recent work, my inspiration is in the organic shapes of the stones in the rivers of the Andes. These stones guide me in the creative process of the glass. I'm always trying to harmonize both materials to find magical shapes full of inner light.
Why are you a member of GAS?
When I started taking classes in Corning I met many artists who are part of GAS. I immediately wanted to know more about this extraordinary organization and did not hesitate to be part of it. I think it's the best way to grow the glass arts worldwide and to share learning and discovery of new artists.
If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
I have two jobs indeed. Both balance my creative energy. When I'm not working in my studio, I am a paragliding instructor. This profession has made my dream to have a glass sculpture workshop a reality. The professional paragliding not only amuses me, but also renews my creative energy and gives me stable financial support to work as an artist peacefully.
What's something about you that most people don't know?
Usually what people do not know about me is I'm an adrenaline junkie. I love extreme sports, especially paragliding. I'm a competition paragliding pilot and I like to travel with the wind for hours with these crazy flying machines over the mountains of the Andes.

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