BIOGRAPHY

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. 

 

STATEMENT

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.

 

RESUME

EDUCATION

Taller de Arte Infantil (Art for Children) – Martin Tovar y Tovar Fine Art School. Barquisimeto, Venezuela. 1978 – 1987

Ceramics I, II, III and IV – Martin Tovar y Tovar Fine Art School. Venezuela 1985-1989

General Sculpture – Martin Tovar y Tovar. Venezuela 1990

Drawing and Painting I – Martin Tovar y Tovar. Venezuela 1990-1991

Graphic Arts Introduction – Martin Tovar y Tovar. Venezuela 1994

Introduction to Stained Glass- Martin Tovar y Tovar. Venezuela 1995

Bas-relief landscape Sculpting- Mystic Art Center- Instructor Christopher Long. Mystic CT Aug 2007

Tecnico Superior Universitario en Publicidad y Mercadeo Mencion Produccion y Medios - Advertising and Marketing degree – Venezuela 2000

GS Certificate. TRCC Norwich CT 2010

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Collective “Mi Simon Bolivar” Universidad Pedagogica Barquisimeto. 1st prize Venezuela 1986

Collective “Pequenos formatos” Latin American Youth Art. Maracay Venezuela 1989

Exhibition “Abriendo Puertas” Juan Carmona Fundation. Venezuela 1998

Hoja de Agua Gallery, Cabudare Venezuela 1999-2000

Deck the Walls Holiday Art Exhibition Lyme Art Association. , Old Lyme, CT 2007

City Wide Open Studios. New Haven Connecticut 2008

The Society of Connecticut Sculptors Juried Show. Barnun Museum. Bridgeport, CT 2009

18th Annual Juried Exhibition, the Society of CT Sculptors, The Alexey Von

Schlippe Gallery , Groton, CT 2010

Perspectives/Perspectivas, Collective Show, New Haven,CT 2011

Connecticut Women Artists Show – Slater Museum. Norwich, CT 2013

Winter Lights. Two people show. Expressiones. New London, CT 2013

I5 Gallery, collective show. Galle Ferry, CT 2013

Indigenous Art Gallery, Cincinnati, OH 2013-2014

That Kiss, Bird Art District Gallery, Miami, FL 2014

Latin Views Biennale 2010-2012 and 2014

Tierra Viva y Mecanismos. Solo Show. Norwich Art Council. Norwich, CT 2014

New Voices and Latino Art. Norwich Art Council. Norwich, CT 2015

Norwich Art Council Juried Show. 1st Prize excellence in Ceramics. Norwich, CT 2016

Slater Museum 72nd Annual Connecticut Artists Show. Norwich, CT 2016

Marquee Gallery. New London CT 2017-2018

PERMANENT WORK

Monumental Sculpture- Islas del Sol Resort – Chichiriviche, Venezuela 2008

Sculpture for the Yaracuy Governor’s Hall. Venezuela 2008

Ceramic Mural for former Hilton Hotel. Barquisimeto, Venezuela 2009

Dayton Children’s Hospital – Collaborative mosaic mural, Virginia 2014

Fairfax INOVA Women and Children’s Hospital, Ohio 2015