"I dream that my daughter Brunela will inherit my love of design and we will be able to hand this art down from generation to generation."
"I was born in the capital on May 5, 1981. I majored in administration but I was always inclined toward art and took many courses in drawing and painting.
"When I started out as an artisan, I went through many difficult moments. Once I was selling my work in the street when the police came and took everything. But I'm the kind of person who fights for his dreams, despite the adversities. I kept working with my art and faced every challenge in the best way I could. My first step was to take out a business license so this wouldn't happen again.
"I've had fun times, too. Once, my daughter came to visit me at an artisan fair. She was only six at the time, and she began playing with my aluminum sculptures. Everyone around was surprised at how well I'd crafted my pieces.
"Basically, I work with anodized aluminum, which is easy to shape as it is a malleable metal. But it requires special techniques so as not to damage it. The aluminum is anodized through an electromagnetic process that isolates and protects it while giving it color. This means that the surface is not affected when it comes into contact with water, perfume, etc.
"As I traveled, I met other artisans who kindly taught me the techniques needed to work with wire and today, I teach people who want to start their own workshops. I give the classes in my own home studio.
"What I like best about working with aluminum is the freedom it gives you to design pieces without worrying about size and bulk, as it is very lightweight. My inspiration is found in the city — the architecture, the culture, the people….
"One day I hope to have a shop of my own to exhibit all the designs we make. I dream that my daughter Brunela will inherit my love of design and we will be able to hand this art down from generation to generation."