The intricacy and uniqueness in each piece created by ceramic artist Transy Lopez will take your breath away. His miniature pieces will be the focal point when he is the Guest Artist at the Village Gallery during the months of October and November.
Transy’s work combines pottery and sculpting techniques. He explains, “A lot of my inspiration comes from the rock formations of northern Arizona. Human anatomy and emotion also give life to my work.” Each piece tells a story through its shape, color, and intricate drawings.
Transy’s life has always been steeped in art. He was born and raised next door to his uncle, who was a pre-Colombian art sculptor and dealer in the town of Chapala, in Jalisco, México. At the age of 18, Transy apprenticed with his uncle in the sculpture workshop.
Transy worked at San Juan Cosala for Sergio Cuevas, a successful art gallery owner, sculptor, and art dealer. They experimented constantly with ceramics, fire, and glazes, and it was there that Transy learned contemporary sculpture and pottery. Sergio displayed and sold Transy’s pieces in his gallery.
In the nineties, Transy studied ceramics and sculpture at the College of San Mateo, California and participated in art exhibitions. He entered the San Mateo County Fair and won first place for ceramics. Later, he moved to Virginia, where he made miniature art pottery, and then to Iowa, where he created large, architectural sculptures for buildings. In Iowa, he took drawing and painting lessons at the Des Moines Art Center.
Drawn to the natural beauty and climate of the Verde Valley, Transy moved to Arizona in 2013 and opened his own workshop and gallery. He does art shows around the country and currently displays his pieces in California, Oregon, Minnesota, as well as Arizona.
In the spring of 2017 Transy took first prize in Ceramics at the Tempe Festival of the Arts and this summer he won the Award of Excellence in the BAM Arts Fair (Bellevue Art Museum) in Washington State.
Transy Lopez will be at the Village Gallery for the receptions on October 5 and November 7 from 5-8pm and will share the many stories his ceramic pieces tell. The public is invited to enjoy refreshments and wine and to mingle with the member artists of the gallery, located at 6512 Hwy 179 in the Village of Oak Creek at the roundabout on Hwy 179 and Cortez. For more information call 284-1416 or visit www.sedonalocalartists.com.