As a graphic designer, I’m used to creating the forms, shapes and pictures necessary for my designs. When working with natural materials, however, everything changes, as the forms are already decided. Thus, the greatest challenge is relinquishing control over this part of the process and working with what Mother Nature provides. In this sense, my goal for Ikebana art is not creating beauty, but rather discovering it and finding the best possible way to showcase it.

 

I was born in Colombia, a tropical country blessed with beautiful landscapes and lush greenery. Since childhoood I’ve been a nature lover. Maybe that’s why when I came to Japan in 2011, I immediately felt a kindred spirit with the Japanese and their appreciation of nature, which is manifested in traditional arts such as Ikebana. 

 

Throughout my life, I’ve sought harmony in my environment and felt a desire to illuminate the beauty of natural forms, the pursuit of which has honed my artistic sensibility. When combined with my training as a designer, perhaps you can understand why I couldn’t resist the aesthetic appeal of this ancient, beautiful art.