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April 7, 2018


Meet ceramicist Reinaldo Sanguino next week at Tenoversix

What you can tell about Reinaldo Sanguino by looking at his work: he loves color, considers the functions of the objects he makes, and has a great imagination. Born in Caracas, Venezuela and based in New York, Sanguino has exhibited in group and solo shows internationally. His work is included in several permanent collections: Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas; MINT Museum Charlotte, North Carolina, and Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota to name a few. His ceramic pieces for home—vases, bowls, stools, and chairs—have been a staple in Tenoversix. And so, in celebration of Dallas Art Fair, the store will be hosting Sanguino on Friday, April 13 for a special trunk show of all new and exclusive works. We chatted with the artist to get a sneak peek of what he’ll be bringing to Dallas.

03.23_REINALDO_STUDIO_059Your ceramics are fun and vibrant—is that the mood in your studio?
Yes, my studio is a very active workplace! My 20-something assistants love playing Latin tunes to keep things going.

How do you feel growing up in Venezuela has shaped your work?
It taught me how to embrace risk and learn to work with mistakes.

When did you start working in ceramics?
Twenty-five years ago.

If you weren’t an artist, you could be a bodybuilder! What connections do you make between working on art and working out?
Haha, not sure about that! But I do enjoy the challenges and dedication that both disciplines require to succeed.

Where do you find inspiration for the symbols and icons you use in your designs? Everything comes from my daily interactions living in NYC—the people I know and meet in other places when I travel.

We often see small ceramic décor, but furniture—large stools, tables, chairs—is unique. When did you first start making larger pieces?
I’ve been making stools for a very long time, but all the new larger works were the result of an offer to do an exhibition last year that has been expanding since.

What’s the most difficult part of that process?
I have to say, it’s working on deadlines.

What pieces are you most excited about bringing to Tenoversix?
I’m incorporating new 3-D surfaces and elements to some of the works I’m bringing to Dallas, I’m very excited about these.

The Details: Tenoversix, 1511 Commerce Street. Complimentary valet at The Joule. April 13, 3–6 p.m.