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Combining sculpture and cabinetry, Maui Furniture Maker Ricrdo Vasquez has created yet another masterpiece of wood art.
The artist describes this piece: "The source of my inspiration came from the shape of the sails on the vessels of voyagers who have been sailing across oceans, especially in those in search of unknown places for tens of thousands of years. These adventurous men (and women) who had been crossing oceans to discover what lies beyond since ancient times have always fascinated me.
"My time on the ocean while living on a cruising sailboat for 25 years has forever forged a bond with all other people who feel the lure of the sea. Especially with those whose spirit of adventure, discovery, bravery and inquisitiveness lead them to venture into the unknown.
"While at sea the pulse of the mother ocean becomes part of your own. The rhythms of nature dictate your responses. Floating on the swells the oneness of it all becomes apparent.
"The sight of sails full of wind is a thing of beauty. The shape of the sail, the shape of ocean swells, the curve of the earth all provide inspiration. At sea one has time to study these shapes for hour upon hour.
"With this work I pay homage to all voyagers; present day and from ancient times; Hawaiian, Polynesian, those from many places.
"The 'crab claw' shape of the Hawaiian voyaging canoes is reflected here in a functional piece of furniture. The compound curves of the sail door, the sweep of the side and top pieces, as well as, the shape of the base all reflect those found on the canoes.
"The materials I have chosen, Hawaiian Koa, Curly Mango, Ulupalakua Pine, bamboo and coconut lashing all relate to the canoes.
"It is my hope that the spirit of these vessels and voyagers that inspired me is within this work and enhance the space it occupies."
For the past 35years Ricardo Vasquez has been designing and
creating unique custom furniture and cabinetry that satisfies client's requirements for
functionality while adding beauty to their environment.
Ricardo speaks of his work:
"I approach furniture as functional pieces of art. As a studio craftsman, my primary focus is on
the holistic aesthetics of the piece: the way each piece of wood is joined in harmony with the others.
Curves and different species of wood are used in a sparingly and thoughtfully intentional manner so
as to enhance the feel of a piece of furniture and keep with the integrity of the design."
Largely self-taught Ricardo Vasquez has designed and built custom furniture for executive offices, private
homes and custom interiors for mega-yachts.
Ricardo Vasquez works with hand-selected quality woods and veneers, incorporating metals,
glass and stone as needed by the design. Combining the unique character and beauty of various woods and materials in a way
that complements each design is what makes Ricardo Vasquez's work come alive.
This Master Woodworker believes in the value of old-fashioned craftsmanship but avails himself of the latest
techniques and materials to produce truly outstanding free standing furniture and built-in cabinetry.
His goal is to design, construct and deliver a piece that exceeds his
client's and collector's expectations.
Recent Awards & Professional Memberships
Best Of Show, 2010 Hawaii Forest Industry Association Statewide Woodshow Honolulu.
Two of his works were selected for Art Maui 2010 Juried Exhibition.
Roots of Inspiration Invitational Exhibition Schaefer International Gallery Nov-Dec 2009.
Where 18 of Hawaii's best studio furniture were invited to created to create a work for the themed show. -
Honorable Mention Furniture 2009 Hawaii Forest Industry Association statewide juried show
First Place Furniture 2008 Hawaii Forest Industry Association statewide juried show Honolulu November 2008
Featured on HGTV series Modern Masters
Selected for publication in The Custom Furniture Source Book ‚
A Guide to 125 Craftsmen by Taunton Press
Profiled in numerous magazine and newspaper articles
Featured in the Masterworks Collection of Hana Coast Gallery
Board Member Maui Woodworkers Guild
Member Hui No`eau Visual Arts Center
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