Sikiu was born and raised in Barquisimeto; cradle of the arts and crafts industry of her native Venezuela. She grew up in a region full of arid landscapes and natural clay deposits, where she frequently extracted the terra-cotta to build her sculptures. At the age of three, she enrolled for classes at the local fine art school, “Martin Tovar y Tovar” where her father worked teaching ceramics. Once ready for adult classes the school gave her the opportunity to explore a broad variety of mediums and learn from master instructors.
While in Venezuela, Sikiu’s family encouraged her to pursue a diploma; she acquired an Advertising and Marketing degree that certainly gave her connections in the Art Market. She successfully commissioned works for architects, Interior Designers and private collectors. Her name can be found in innumerable locations: restaurants, resorts, businesses and homes. Her last work in Venezuela was a fifty two feet monument located at the Resort Islas del Sol in Chichiriviche and few cement murals on the area.
In early 2001 she moved to The United States calling home to Oakdale, Connecticut, where she lives with her husband Keith who built her ceramic studio in the beautiful private lake Oxoboxo. She became an active member of the Connecticut Sculptor Society also collaborates in different online sources for Hispanic Artists.
The terra-cotta serves as a metaphor that encompasses and enfolds the majesty of my surroundings, creating a tangible remembrance with hollowed, irregular segments emulating earthy textures and rust, revealing simple things like the breeze over a field, water waves over a rock, everyday actions of a bird or the memory of an opportunity missed. An idea comes to actions telling a story in a way that compels the viewer to tell his or her own history, creating a dialogue in the language of emotions, where both can revisit over and over.