Artist, CHROMA member, Teaching Artist
Fredy is a sculptor artist- classical woodcarver, designer, gilder, historical wooden objects & architectural elements conservator and classical woodcarving teacher.
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Fredy Huamán Mallqui came to the United States in spring 2012 bringing along his wood carving tools that served as extensions of his own hands and his design philosophy. Fredy also brought with him the most precious tools: sensibility, creativity, skills, and expertise that have accumulated with patience and observation of ornamental details surrounding him in daily life often overlooked by others. These traits have served him well as an artist, woodcarver, art conservator, and gilder.
Growing up in the city of Ayacucho, Peru (est. 1540), the Peruvian capital of the craftsmen, he has inherited an active appreciation of rich cultural heritage, a product of the syncretism between Spanish and local cultures. He learned wood carving from master carvers at the age of nine and has since developed his own techniques to design, carve and conserve intricate pieces in Baroque, Rococo, Gothic, and Romanesque styles. Trained by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture in the conservation of diverse objects of art, Fredy worked in the provinces of Cuzco and Apurímac (Peru) conserving religious art, wooden and plaster polychrome sculptures, furniture, frames, architectural elements in wood and plaster, gilded pieces and murals dating from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries.
In 2020 Fredy is awarded by Erie Arts and Culture as the Established Artist Fellow, in 2020 Fredy is also awarded as Artist of Distinction in the Erie Art Museum 97th Spring Show, curated by Aruna D’Sousa, a renowned art critic and author. In March 2019, Fredy participated in The World Wood Day Celebration in Graz, Austria. This event is a recognition of the best one hundred woodcarvers and their artistic work and the sustainability of the wood material from around the world. Fredy’s most recent historical restoration project was at Fair Lane, the former home of Henry and Clara Ford, in Dearborn, Michigan. Fredy was hired to design and carve the decorative elements for a replica 1914 Estey Residency Organ in collaboration with The Schantz Organ Company of Ohio. In 2017, he earned the Professional Level Scholarship at The Marc Adams School of Woodworking, located in Franklin, Indiana.
Since relocating to the United States (Erie, PA), Fredy has continued to develop his professional skills. Some of his clients include both local and from other cities like Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Boston, Michigan, etc.
As a creator, I bring life to a piece of art and perpetuate history. I earn a living by working with my hands and mind, creating a link with the past, and transmitting values that are important to conserve in society. The process of my art is the same as it was centuries ago; utilizing carving tools, a wooden mallet, a pencil, a paper, a workbench, and various kinds of wood.
On any given day, my workbench is full of carving tools, dozens, and sometimes more than a hundred gouges. There are different reasons for the proliferation of tools. One of them has to do with the nature of a woodcarving chisel, and its action of slicing through wood. The shape left behind by the passage of the gouge’s blade mirrors the shape of that cutting edge. As a decorative/ornamental woodcarver, I wish to create surfaces as richly complex as those in the organic world.
As a full-time artist, I seek to achieve artistic excellence and recognition and share my knowledge. Additionally, I aspire to have more prestigious national and international opportunities. Last year, I had an opportunity to work on an amazing historical restoration project at the Fair-Lane mansion, the former home of Henry and Clara Ford, in Dearborn, MI.
I diversify my art discipline as an artist-woodcarver, designer, gilder, and historical architectural elements conservator. I also teach classical woodcarving classes in Erie, Pittsburgh, and Ohio. My work and efforts are now being recognized worldwide. For instance, my participation in the 2019 World Wood Day Celebration in Graz, Austria, an annual event that gathers the best woodcarvers from around the world. This was an exceptional opportunity to learn different techniques from older master carvers and to share knowledge in a friendly and sincere environment.
I participate in local and regional art festivals and artisan shows. These shows provide multiple benefits. They serve as a venue to sell my pieces, an opportunity to build contacts, and inspiration to think and see in different ways. Moreover, I emerge from shows with new ideas and friends, regardless of sales. I also exhibit my work in art galleries in diverse locations and I am proud to maintain close relationships with the owners and operators.
2020 Classical Woodcarving Class, presented to the members of The Western Pennsylvania Woodworkers, at the Back-Channel School of Woodworking, Pittsburgh.
2019-2020 Classical Woodcarving Classes, held at Grounded Printshop, Erie, PA.
2018 Traditional woodcarving class at Mansfield Art Center, Mansfield, OH.
2017 Woodcarving class, Woodworking and Furniture Designing, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA.