About Gilbert Candelaria
Hello, my name is Gilbert Candelaria, thank you for taking time to visit my website. Candelaria’s Art is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico and this area is truly the “Land Of Enchantment”. As you can tell by my art---I truly have fun creating my art as well as going out finding these discarded, trashed objects. I like to think of these objects as my blank canvases.
As a Recycled artist for the past 18 years, I’ve always tried to promote the uniqueness; beauty and creativeness of recycle/found arts. Interestingly, we are now in a time of general “Green” awareness of the world around us, so it’s very inspiring to see the general public understand the deeper meaning of recycled art how it fits in the art world in general.
With my art I always promote the theme: “Though an object may be broken, no longer functional or may be out of trend - one tends to throw the item out. I’ve taken the challenge of taking these various mundane objects and turning them into whimsical, unique, and inspirational works of art. In many cases I try to keep the original shape of the object to fit the art theme and in other cases I change the function of the object --- Keep the form change the function.”
In the past few years, my art themes have evolved in relation to the unique material I come across. And in many cases, what folks give me when they are they are throwing out junk items.
In short, I will always strive to create art that will make people Smile, go WOW! Go Hmmm…, say WHAT! Shake their heads in amazement and inspire them. And hopefully they will never look at mundane objects the same again.
Being a self-taught artist, I incorporate blacksmithing, metal working, welding, airbrushing and spray-paint techniques. But my biggest skill is “Thinking outside the box”. And never think “I can’t” when I’m creating.
I find the raw materials at various venues: swap-meets, garage sales, thrift stores, things thrown along the road, etc..