Sea LifePainted glass box
"My art strives to be a testimony to history and tradition.... One of my proudest moments was receiving the Vizcardo & Guzmán Medal as a master artisan, awarded by the Peruvian Congress."
Born in Apurimac in 1965, Edmundo Contreras Aquise works in the andahuaylino (Andahuaylas) style. He uses painted glass and crackled finishes in a technique that is both traditional and modern. His motifs range from the pre-Hispanic, colonial, and ethnic to the beauty and culture of the Andean world and its wildlife.
"I inherited my interest in art from my mother, a weaver," he says. "As an adolescent, I enjoyed painting and liked to create cartoons as a form of social protest (when terrorists threatened our land). In this way I represented those difficult moments when students and country people faced danger from two fronts.
"I learned a great deal from my companions in a craft workshop taught by Amilcar Andía, a gentleman from Andahuaylas. One of my friends was Juan Quintín, a painter, and another was Reinaldo Rivera, who had graduated from the School of Fine Arts. From them I learned a great deal, and through practice, I discovered more techniques.
"My art strives to be a testimony to history and tradition. With the danger of extinction of certain art forms, I represent them in hand-painted wood, glass and ceramic. These take the form of objects that are utilitarian and decorative, such as home furnishings, mirrors, vases and more.
"I've exhibited my work at arts and crafts fairs, and in 1995 took first place in the Concurso Internacional para América Latina y el Caribe, winning the UNESCO Prize. One of my proudest moments was receiving the Vizcardo & Guzmán Medal as a master artisan, awarded by the Peruvian Congress in 2002.
"My dream is for my art to be known and appreciated outside my country."
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your work is splendid and,I will cherish the box for many years to come.Keep up delighting a customer who also happens to love sea turtles.Thanks!
We received our beautiful ""Dawn Gardens"" mirror in pristine shape. It is simply lovely. We were thrilled with the craftsmanship and quality. Heartfelt thanks! SDT
The New Love Jewelry Box was a gift for a special 18th birthday of my niece and it became her very special jewelry box. It is beautiful. Thank you.
Beautiful little box :0) I loved the wrapping. Great care was taken to make sure it arrived in perfect condition :0)
The blue glass box is absolutely fabulous and is even more than beautiful than I expected. I am so impressed with your talent.
The mirrors I ordered are so beautiful. The craftmanship is excellent, and the mirrors are the focal point of my remodeled bathroom.
I ordered a painted panda jewerly box-very nice-I intend to give it for a Christmas present.
I received my In Your Warm Heart painted glass box today. I love it!! It is absolutely beautifully made. The painting on the box is exquisite and the box is very sturdy. When the package arrived I felt like I was unwrapping a present. Thanks to Novica Andes and Edmundo!
I have just received my Contreras mirror, Colonial Medallions. Opening the package I was very anxious as I have never ordered from the Andes and am a new customer of Novica. I was totally taken aback by the beauty and artistic craftsmenship of the mirror. It exceeded expectations and now hangs proudly in my bathroom. The search for the just the right mirror was intensive as I am a professional artist also. Soooo, Thanks again Mr. Contreras for contributing to the happiness of another artist. Joan Gessner
I recently received my much awaited ""Wildflowers"" mirror by artist Edmundo Contreras. I could not be more pleased! The artistry and craftsmanship exeeded my expectations. I will treasure this piece forever. Thank you NOVICA for introducing me to a whole new world of regional art and artists.
Stanardsville, VA USA
I ordered a painted glass mirror by Edmundo Contreras and was very pleased with the quality of his work. The mirror was packaged very well for it's long trip to VA and arrived undamaged. It looks great in my Spa room and is a great addition to my home! I will be looking for many more products from this artist and the website of NOVICA. I am very pleased!
Miami, Florida, USA
I recently purchased a Russet Light Mirror from Edmundo Contreras. Since the first time I saw the mirror I knew I had to buy it. I have been searching for a special mirror to complete my living room decor. I highly recommend this elegant mirror and thank Mr. Contreras for his talent.
I just received my mirror yesterday and it is all that I could have asked for! Just as it was pictured, which is a welcome change from a lot of the disasters I have received from online shopping. I just bought my first home and I love that I will have a unique, beautiful piece of art that will be noticed for years to come. My only compliant was that despite amazing packaging, there was a little bit of chipping to one edge of the frame, but not enough to warrant a return. I definitely recommend this artist to anyone who is considering a purchase for their home. The details are breathtaking and I am very, very happy with the craftsmanship.
Thank you Edmundo for creating such a beautiful piece for my family & friends to enjoy for a lifetime! Your work is simply lovely! Warm regards, Sheri
Purchased your glass tray, 'Company of Birds', as a gift for my significant other to mark a special Birthday. It is delightful - beautifully painted in lovely colours. Thank you for your talent in making such a wonderful piece to treasure forever.
Dear Edmundo, The wastebasket I ordered from you just arrived today. It is BEAUTIFUL!!! The design, the brilliant colors, and the shape of the basket itself are all lovely! We will enjoy it for many years to come. Thank you so much! Katherine Donovan-Sherpa Charleston, SC US
The ""Daisy Fan"" mirror arrived quickly and in pristine condition, and looks beautiful on my ""wall of mirrors"". It is both delicate and sturdy, and the deep reds and golds with which it is painted are gorgeous. The pictures are good but don't do it justice. It's just beautiful!
I am in love with the wall clock, I look at it often to figure out how you did it, it is so full of wonder. Thank you, it is going into my family heirloom for sure :-)
I ordered the red octagonal 29"" mirror. It is GORGEOUS. I was worried about shipping damage, but it was packed well and came out of the box flawless. It now hangs over the fireplace and is the focal point of the room. I will be ordering more of these for my house.
Richmond, Virginia USA
Hola Edmundo, Recibi my espejo la semana pasada y es muy precioso! Muchas gracias por su trabajo magnifico! Saludos,
I received Painted Glass clock. It's beautiful and your work is very good. I am happy with your work and product I received.
The reverse painted glass clock arrived today and it looks amazing.Thanks a lot for the wonderful work.
Finally got to hang the ethereal lands mirror. Cant stop marvelling at the intricate painting ! The mirror arrived in perfect condition. Thanks to Novia for getting this to us and thanks to Edmundo for creating such a beautiful piece.
As chance to see some of this artist's work, I purchased a set of the coasters. They are beautiful and every bit as pretty as pictured. There is much attention to detail and quality. Yes, I have some other pieces on my Christmas wish list! Also, the packaging was very good so there is little fear of breakage. I would like to thank Edmundo Contreras for his beautiful work of art.
Lincoln Nebraska USA
I stumbled onto Novica by pure accident. I purchased the Radiant Lands Mirror. It arrived in three weeks. I have never seen such secure packing as this mirror was when it arrived!! The beauty of the mirror took our breath away!! Instead of putting it near our foyer, we put it above our fireplace. It is now the focal point of our living room. This purchase has inspired us to purchase another mirror and coasters that compliment it. Thanks, Edmundo!! Judy
OMG Just received this mirror. Ethereal Lands, The picture doesn't do it justice. This is my first purchase and I am thrilled with the Mirror, shipping, and service. I love this mirror, his work is beyond words.
I just received the Floral Romance in Red coasters and they are beautiful. The color Is brilliant and the coasters are very well made. I bought them as a gift but like them so much, I'm going to have to buy another gift. It arrived beautifully wrapped with a card about the artist. This was my first purchase through Novica and I couldn't be more pleased.
Sedalia, MO, USA
Thank you so much for the beautiful mirror. Everyone comments on how unique it is, and they are really impressed that it is truly hand-made and at a reasonable price also. I wish you and your family all the best at this holiday season and beyond. Sincerely,
I ordered a Sunflower mirror from this talented artist. it arrived well packaged, quicker than expected. The workmanship is detailed, the colors vivid, and it is very well made. Absolutely exquisite!
I ordered a Sunflower Fan mirror from this talented artist. it arrived well packaged, quicker than expected. The workmanship is detailed, the colors vivid, and it is very well made. Absolutely exquisite!
The ""Painted glass wall mirror, 'Fire Phoenix'"" is far more beautiful when you see it in person! The quality of work and materials are top-notch. I'm extremely pleased with this piece. It arrived in a timely manner and was very well packaged. Thank you very much for a smooth shopping experience.
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