"I carve natural stones like serpentine, marble, onyx and turquoise... My inspiration comes from the exotic beauty of the Andes, with its clear skies and the natural geography God has given us."
"I am Dionicio Atau Meza and I was born in 1960 in the historic imperial province of Cuzco. I am a descendant of the Panaca and Ayllus Inca, a mestizo population. Ours is a cultural and religious fusion that still reveals the opulence of colonial society, seen in cobbled streets and old stone homes with doors carved in coats of arms.
"I'm a creative person with a lot of personality and my own style. I'm very happy to express the values of our great pre-Hispanic cultures through my art. I'm proud of being part of our great master craftspeople who express wisdom and a love for nature with their hands. I'm also proud to be a son of Cuzco, of a region of skilled stone carvers.
"Art has always been present in me and has been passed from generation to generation through history. I became interested in this beautiful craft when I saw a friend carving a stone. I asked him to show me how he did it, but he refused. I decided to try anyway, based on what I'd observed. I'm a self-taught artisan, and put a lot of effort, perseverance and dedication into my work from the time I was 14. I practiced a lot to get better results, always training and learning to overcome obstacles.
"I'm very proud of myself and this has been a long, difficult path. There were moments when I thought I'd lose my workshop, but I managed to keep going. I craft all kinds of designs, and continue growing and expanding my art.
"I carve natural stones like serpentine, marble, onyx and turquoise. I especially enjoy creating new designs. My inspiration comes from the exotic beauty of the Andes, with its clear skies and the natural geography God has given us.
"In the near future, I dream of having my own museum of models and sculptures to exhibit my work and the history of my people and country."