"Most of our pieces are hand-molded, as only the weight of the hand can give the right shape."
Alberto Aparicio Canchari was born in Ayacucho in 1965. A dedicated ceramist, he is inspired by the customs and beliefs of Andean villages. His workshop seems inhabited by half-finished creatures, waiting for him to give them the breath of life.
"I've been a ceramist since I was a child, as my parents taught me the craft. Later, I tried to develop my own pieces with a personal style. My main purpose is giving life to my creations, and I've achieved this through the expressions of their faces, aiming to reflect daily attitudes, Peruvian country scenes, even protests - and I'm satisfied and content. In the workshop I work full-time with my wife.
"Most of our pieces are hand-molded, as only the weight of the hand can give the right shape. We use clay and simple tools; paints and pigments are blended together to produce the required hues, like that of the skin. All are made to resist high temperatures. The process starts from when we mold the pieces, then we paint them, fire them, and at the end, just polish them.
"I've participated in several fairs and exhibitions, winning first and third prize in the 'Inti Raymi' Contest, 1993; and the second prize in the Credit Bank Contest, 1998. I hope that, through Novica, my art will be promoted and valued abroad, not only for its commercial value, but also for its cultural background."
I have two of Alberto Aparicio Canchari sculptures, Born in a Canoe and Light of Andes. They are full of detail and are two of my favourite Christmas pieces.
I received my Chrstmas Nativity Scene (Black and White) in 2 days! Since it was coming from so far away, and the objects are breakable, I took advantage of my points, and the shipping special, and paid a bit extra, but it was worth it. It was beautifully gift wrapped, and carefully packed. And it is exactly as pictured. I have a modern decor, and as soon as I saw this on Novica, I was immediately taken with it. It is a modern take,, but does not have any harshness that some modern interpretations do. I just love it. Thank you Alberto! Sheila and Evie Gavin (Evie is my 94 year old mom, and will enjoy it this Christmas!)
Senor Canchari, I received your ""Born to the Amazons"" nativity set yesterday and it made my day! Absolutely breathtaking -- even better than the pictures. Your work of art will be on my mantle all year long -- not just for the Christmas season. I salute your wonderful talent and spirit. MaryJo