Size: 17"W x 17"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2016
Ready to Hang
I have keep a book on Chinese drawings since my childhood days, a present from my uncle Fr. Albert Chan S.I. and as I was cleaning my bookshelf , It come back to me in so many memories. Perusing through all these little images, this particular one caught my eyes and thoughts. I decided to honor my uncle memory with this carving/scrolling
(The carving itself is 17. 1/4 inches round, framed as in the picture, 20")
My name is Antonio Amigo. I was born in Peru, South America on those days when things were…different. My parents both carry a mixture of blood. My father was born in Hong Kong, China, and his father was a Portuguese descendant, born in Macao. My mother was the daughter of a Chinese merchant from Canton, China. Her mother was a Chilean descendant of Spanish immigrants. This combination makes me the authentic endangered Chino Latino During my early years I participated in numerous artistic events and presentations. I won a few ribbons and diplomas, some I still keep because they might make one day an interesting collage. In the late seventies and early eighties I did some portrait work on commission, those were my years living in New York City. Upon returning to Lima, capital of Peru, I became somehow involved with the artistic community. Worth noticing is that I won first prize with a work on Ink and color pencil titled “Llaquiska” (Lone City) at a Private contest and also won second price in the same event with a work on charcoal and oil pastels titled “Caballo sin Nombre” (Horse with no name); which was inspired by American southwestern art and a popular song. The nineties become the dark ages for me in terms of art. I joined for a brief period the MN Calligraphers Guild, eventually moving from ink to calligraphy on wood. This cheerful group of people was utmost supporting and kind. The very late nineties and early two thousands saw a temporary shift to poetry in the cyberspace; I wrote hundreds of poems, loved many lost souls and cemented my synonym of Antonio M. Amigo, my artistic name. In this same period I mend my love for Photography, and fell in love with everything my lenses could catch, flowers, architectural shoots, landscape and candid street pictures. Digital photography definitely caught on my art desires. Life has taken many turns and my art has followed those restless moments and turns. However, art never left my heart and soul and as the time in my life starts a new era, I see a new start in my art production. Opportunity is the key; I have rediscovered wood, inks and metal. These media marks the main direction of art as my studio grows in the next near future. You are welcome to follow me.