Andres Montenegro was born in Lima, Peru and moved in late 2004 to Florida. He started working with clay at Seminole State College of Florida and graduated with a BFA in Ceramics from the University of Central Florida in 2016. In May 2019, Andres received his MFA from Bowling Green State University, specializing in three dimensional studies in ceramics, and sculpture.
His work for the MFA thesis show was sculptural, but vessels are still a big part of his making. After graduating, Andres has been working as a Ceramics professor at Daytona State College in Daytona Beach, FL. Here, he continues working in both sculpture and vessels while teaching ceramics, which is another one of his passions. He currently resides in Daytona Beach, Florida.
My work is heavily influenced by ancient Mesoamerican cultures and the landscapes they inhabited. Aspects of the natural world from my Peruvian heritage presents itself in my vessels and sculptures in the form of nostalgia, and awe. The melting pot culture in which I was raised is embedded with Oriental and Pre-Columbian influences that continue to inspire my artwork.