"What motivates me in my work is the magic I feel in my soul when I see a finished piece."
"I was born in the beautiful city of Lima on April 20, 1965, where I lived with my parents and brother. My dad was a merchant and my mother a homemaker. I studied automotive diesel mechanics, fiber glass techniques and silkscreen printing.
"I was always good at drawing and manual work but I never took an art class. I've perfected my art little by little, based on practice and experience. My maternal grandfather worked in wood and made wood sculptures, and I think I inherited the skill from him.
"I got started in the world of crafts when I was about 18 years ago, creating sculptures from driftwood – pieces of trunks with curious shapes that I selected to give a meaning to them. I was always close to the sea because I surf. People would watch me and say, 'There goes that crazy guy collecting rubbish.' After a while, I let that go and started looking for a work that would bring in more money.
"I worked a long time making Hawaiian boards, and as a camera man in sports shows for cable TV, and as a tourist guide. At the end of 2010 I came back to my love of creating three dimensional figures in wood, that I should have never left. But the world is like that and sooner or later, destiny puts you on the path God planned for us.
"When I was a boy, I loved to play soccer but then I started surfing and I never stopped.
"Unpredictable, I never really know what will come from those first drawings and sketches, until a shape appears that captures my attention. Then I start working and make the first cuts in the pinewood boards that I carefully choose in the big lumberyards.
"What motivates me in my work is the magic I feel in my soul when I see a finished piece. What I try to transmit is a love for nature, a sense of protection and respect toward the rest of the world. This type of art is my passion. I love it and I don't plan on ever quitting.
"I came to realize on time that the path my life was taking would never take me to a good destination, and I owe this realization only to God and to my wife, who showed me the way out of the labyrinth I was in.
"Please don't look at my art from the outside only. I invite you to feel the energy and passion that the artisan places in each one."
Working with sustainable Guatemalan woods, Salvador Petzey crafts an eclipse puzzle that exudes optimistic elegance. He hand-carves the sun's face from mahogany and the moon's from hormigo wood. The fabulous wall adornment also includes cypress and granadillo....read more
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