Commissions / Emerging Artists / Sculpture

An interstice of Art and Architecture with Hugo Urrutia

I have met Hugo in 2012 in London, his work explores and uses the technology for design and fabrication. The waves created by the movement impression of his pieces are called Flexible Rigids and are giving an overall harmony feeling.

He accepted to answer a few questions to me so you can get to know him a little bit better! His pieces are unique, he makes comissions, some artworks are available for sale in our gallery as well.

Where are you now? I’m currently in quarantine mode, working from my Dallas studio. Where luckily it is possible to continue working while social distancing.

What did you study ? I studied architecture at the Architectural Association with an emphasis on Design and Make.

Where did you grow up and what kind of education did you receive? I grew up in Cd. Juarez which is a border town and industrial city in the north of Mexico. I always felt that Mexican border towns gave you the best of both worlds… Now unfortunately border towns are known for more problems than solutions. But for good or for bad, it was a great place for me to grow up. With almost no urban zoning, residential and industrial areas are many times too close to each other. As a kid, we had a Ford factory close to my parents house and we used to recycle all sorts of industrial parts and make toys and things to entertain ourselves as kids. It sounds a bit crazy now, but we were able to almost grow up without any toys, except for my favourite: LEGO. I think all the street life experience and the LEGOs helped me to become more creative minded. 

When have you found out that you wanted to be an artist? As a kid I took art classes and always felt artistic and creative. I never understood how an artist could sustain a professional career, but I could understand architecture. While studying architecture, I wanted to create and build things with my hands. During my undergraduate programme, I started working as an assistant at the university’s wood shop. I loved the experience of dreaming an idea, developing it, sorting the materials and then experimenting with the process and execution. After I finished my BArch and was working at different architecture firms, I always felt a need for something more creative and artistic. I felt that I could apply some of my architecture formation with my artistic ideas to create art, but even though I was creating art, I was still not considering myself an artist. A few years later I was accepted at the Architecture Association for a masters in Architecture: Design and Make. This great school I felt merged the architecture profession with a very artistic approach. I think this allowed me to understand my artistic side better and helped me to fully emerge myself into the art world.

Do you have relatives who create as well? Not professionally, my father is also an architect but he is much more technical and engineering thinking.  

Where do you get your inspiration from? I love geometric forms, I am very interested in biomimetic and parametric design patterns. I am very much inspired from nature: waves, flocks of synchronised birds, sand dune textures, canyon and rock formations and animal skin patterns. 

What is your favorite quote? I love you with all my art!

What is your favorite movie? The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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