This New York-based artist translates the city's street culture into sculptural furniture

New York City – There is a great tension between the architectural form and artistic surface of the assorted vessels, furniture and sculpture made by New York-based Reinaldo Sanguino. His stools, side tables, chairs and water fountains are weighty, which is at odds with the painterly flair with which they are decorated. Sanguino depict scenes featuring everything from Curious George to Tarzan and Tiffany and Co iconography on them.

Sanguino moved to New York from his home country of Venezuela in 1993. ‘Venezuela has a rich and wide ceramic community of artist as well as craftsmen from different regions in the country,’ he says, before admitting that it was not until be reached college that he was exposed to ceramic art and artists that use clay as a primary material. This coincided with his relocation.

I work with elements of both figurative and abstract as well as the shapes I create

He was immediately inspired by New York’s street culture, graffiti, peeling paint and advertising. While Sanguino slowly mastered the construction and form of ceramic furniture – which he has been making for 20 years now – he quickly understood the power of the image and used the pieces as canvasses to experiment. ‘I draw visual material from many sources and work with elements of both figurative and abstract as well as the shapes I create. It all depends on my mood or the nature of the project,’ he says.

This piece was originally featured in New Wave Clay. You can purchase a copy here.

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