September 24, 2021

Polo Ramirez

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Descendiente directo de familia agricultora y alfarera de la cultura Vicus y Tallán heredo la técnica del paleteado, que consiste en utilizar unicamente una piedra redonda y una paleta de madera para crear vasijas de barro.

Polo Ramirez nació en Vicus en el año 1966, a la edad de 4 años se mudó a Chulucanas. Descendiente directo de familia agricultora y alfarera de la cultura Vicus y Tallán heredo la técnica del paleteado, que consiste en utilizar unicamente una piedra redonda y una paleta de madera para crear vasijas de barro.

Es uno de los pioneros de la difusión de la cerámica de chulucanas nacional e internacionalmente. En la búsqueda de nuevas expresiones artísticas ha incursionado en la pintura, la escultura, restauración, mural, y escritura. 

Ha realizado un centenar de exhibiciones en el extranjero, dictando clases en diversos museos y universidades prestigiosas tales como Harvard para el programa MIT.

Actualmente radica en los estados unidos, en la ciudad de Miami, continuando con la milenaria tradición del paleteado que le dejaron sus ancestros.

Sobre la técnica que USA: 

The paddle technique dates back to Pre-Inca times. As in the traditional way, I use my hands and feet to create my ceramic pieces. The materials and tools are simple. I use clay and rustic tools such as rounded rocks and wooden paddles. As I begin work on a piece the shape emerges. I do not start my work with an image in my mind. Instead, I allow the clay, the earth, to speak to me. There are many stages to the creation of each piece and attention to detail is my objective.

http://www.poloramirez.com/curriculumvitae.html

The vases are formed in the shape of a nest of a Peruvian bird called “Chilalo”.  According to tradition, this bird is a Master Potter who builds his nest from clay using his beak and feet.  It is this bird who taught my ancestors how to work with clay. I include bird figurines in my work to honor them. The pieces are pit-fired using wood. I incorporate color by using clay engobes (earth oxides and minerals) and various smoking processes to obtain different hues and rich black finish my work is known for. The form and style of my work reflect the duality of our lives. The smooth side represents the beauty in life, the rough textured side represents the difficult times we all face. My designs and colors are inspired by events in my life, my ancestors, the world around me, and the universe as a whole. Each piece is unique and never repeated.

 

http://www.poloramirez.com/

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