“My name is Julio Choquecahua Canales. I was born in 1988 in Huamanga, located in the beautiful Ayacucho Province in the Peruvian Andes. I consider myself to be a very passionate man. When I start something, I take care of every detail until the final product is achieved. In this way, I can go on changing or modifying a piece.
“I believe that all of us have highs and lows in our lives. In my case, one of the most difficult moments in my life was the death of my mother when I was 16 years old. In adolescence, we experience many changes, but the loss of my mother made it more difficult to rise above those changes. It was complicated, but it was also when I began to work with my older brothers and learn about this marvelous art of artisanal textiles.
“From a young age, I was always surrounded by handicrafts. I loved the colors, and so I started working with my brothers. Little by little, I applied myself, developing weaving techniques that I continue to add to my pieces every day. What I like and what fascinates me about this art is the freedom to develop and transmit my ideas, my experiences, and cultures in the work that I create. I have been creating this type of art for more than ten years.
“My inspiration comes from my experiences and my culture. I try to transmit part of the ancestral culture of my land in my works so that the world can know Peruvian handicrafts. I dream that my works will find more people that love art as much as I do. In this way I can share my feelings and the culture of my country. I see a future where my works are recognized at the global level.
“I always seek to innovate in textile art. I work on new designs, or search for better techniques and colors. I make tapestries, cushions, or textile sculptures, always searching to transmit my Peruvian culture in my pieces. I love making new things in textiles, creating different textures or forms from fabric. Every time that I make a piece, I feel happy that I managed to create something different. The most challenging thing is differentiating myself from the other artists that work in this field so that the public recognizes my work, helping me reach a larger market.
“I began to work on my own because I wanted the world to get to know my way of thinking and feeling, as well as my experience of Peruvian culture. I want my pieces to show an ancestral richness combined with contemporary art. I am very happy to be a part of the great Novica family.”