I was born in Monterey Park, California, in 1951 and grew up in an area called
Las Lomas. I attended Mark Keppel High School where I excelled
in art, athletics, and being a prankster. Friends and relatives often said
I wouldnt live past the age of twenty-one. One of my nicknames was El
Diablo. I survived a real game of Russian Roulette and other crazy stunts
and made it to Ventura College where I became interested in ceramics. After
two years there, I transferred to Cal State Fullerton and majored in Art with
an emphasis in ceramics. In 1977 I started my own ceramic and photography
studio in Costa Mesa, I relocated in 1984 to Laguna Beach and soon afterwards
I met Carmen, who is from Mexico, and together we created Monica.
Having rid myself of 70% of my mischievousness, Ive redirected my energies
in my family, my culture and art. This family union has injected a cultural
statement into my art. Watching my daughter grow these past few years has
made me think about my personal past, our cultural heritage, and the future
of this planet.
My work is rooted in pre-Columbian artifacts, history, myths and yet it is a
social commentary that pertains to the struggles of Latin America and to the
parallel experiences of other nations. To me, it seems that if we are to survive
pollution, war, totalitarianism, religious fanaticism, drug abuse, annihilation
of the earths natural resources, and all the other ills that afflict
our planet, we must create a universal conscience in humans.
Although my dry humor often manifests itself in my art, I hope my art makes
people aware of why they do what they do and consequences of their actions.