"My designs come as a fusion of aesthetics and my passion for conserving the environment. My desire is to spread the images of Mexico's natural world."Update (August, 2019)
“I have focused on the art of silver jewelry for more than 40 years, specializing mainly in giving it a sculptural touch. I am always looking for figures and creations that show Mexican identity, the key for me is observation. I have managed to share my vision of Mexico in a different way; I respect traditions enormously.
“I am very grateful to the customers of NOVICA, since they have given their understanding and respect to this beautiful fusion of Japan and Mexico. It has meant a huge and constant creative process in the observation of the details of things like alebrijes, flora and fauna.”
Original Artisan Story
"I was born in Japan in 1948. When I was a child I played with birds, I flew the kites I made, and I loved trekking in nearby mountains, where I learned to fish in rivers and lakes. I've always loved being near nature. I grew up with my siblings and parents in the countryside – my parents were farmers, not artists. I joined the art club at school, and that's where my story in art begins: I was introduced to painting with watercolors, xylogravure, and mural paintings on 2x5 m walls. Though it kept me busy, I never forgot my responsibilities at home, including family activities and chores.
"After high school I took different courses to become a sculptor; my favorite media were wood and ceramic. The first sculpture I made was carved from walnut wood, 'Mother and Child,' which I gave to friend who was really like a patron of my work.
"I came to Mexico when I was 25 years old to study at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, in their National School of Fine Arts, and I furthered my studies at the National School of Design and Handicrafts. I specialize in artistic silver.
"In 1991 I was invited to be a judge at Taxco's International Silver Fair, and I've been to exhibit my work in different Japanese cities over 30 times, as well as throughout Mexico.
"I've been dedicated to this art form for over 40 years, specializing primarily in silver, and each of my pieces are crafted by hand with traditional silver techniques that include openwork, lost wax, chiseling, etc.
"My love of nature is my inspiration – I admire the great variety of flora and fauna that surrounds us! Traditional celebrations and fiestas from countryside villages also are a source of inspiration, for I love to transform them into landscape pieces featuring the unique sheen of silver.
"My collections include rings, pendants, earrings, bracelets, chains, buckles, brooches and sculptures. Sometimes I'll add gemstones such as turquoise, opal and jade amongst others. I also design and craft spoons and forks, vases and other utilitarian and artistic pieces.
"I also love to read, walk in the countryside where I can also sit and paint, and prepare Mexican cuisine and beverages!
"As an artist, one of my greatest challenges came in 2002, when a friend in Los Angeles commissioned a sculpture of Buddha, completely made of silver. It took me three years to finish the 20" x 16" x 12" piece.
"One of the first wood sculptures I made was very erotic, it featured male genitalia, which inspired many other sculptures. From this experience I learned that my artistic creativity needed to be constantly evolving.
"To you, NOVICA customer, who has come to know my designs, I would like to encourage you to wear them and show them off as landscapes and creatures that are on their way to extinction. My designs come as a fusion of aesthetics and my passion for conserving the environment. My desire is to spread the images of Mexico's natural world. And at the same time, contribute to bringing happiness to more people."
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Reviews by Customers
"One of my favorite necklaces!"
I absolutely love this pendant! Just everything about it is amazing. I am a science nerd and a public educator on turtles and tortoises and this is just ?. I just LOVE IT! I will definitely buy more from this artist! The necklace chain that came with it though kept catching my hair and ripping it out. So I swapped out the chain for another and now its ideal! HIGHLY SUGGEST! If you were on the fence about getting it... just get it!
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I adore my new necklace. It's gorgeous and makes me happy to look at and wear it. Great customer service - it shipped when they said it would. The packaging - the gift bag - is also beautiful. This necklace is now my go-to horse jewelry!
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