Fredy Huamán Mallqui is an ornamental & architectural woodcarver and wooden objects conservator. He came to the United States in Spring 2012. In addition to bringing his hand carving tools that he himself made, Fredy also brought other tools, including his sensibility, creativity, skills and expertise that he has accumulated with patience and observation, impeccably mindful of detail in his work as part of daily living.
Growing up in the city of Ayacucho, Peru (est. 1540), recognized as the Peruvian capital of the craftsman, Fredy inherited an active appreciation of his cultural heritage, which is product of the syncretism between Spanish and Local cultures. At nine years of age Fredy began learning wood carving from master carvers, and since those formative years, he has forged paulatim development of his own techniques to design, carve and conserve intricate pieces in Baroque, Rococo, Gothic, and Romanesque styles. Further trained by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture in the conservation of diverse objects of art, Fredy conserved religious art, wooden and plaster polychrome sculptures, furniture, frames, architectural elements in wood and plaster, gilded pieces and murals, all dating from the XVI-XVIII centuries.
Since relocating to Erie, PA, Fredy has continued to develop his professional skills as a freelance wood carver and conservator. In 2017 he earned the Professional Level Scholarship at The Marc Adams School of Woodworking, located in Franklin, IN.
In March 2019, Fredy participated in The World Wood Day Celebration in Graz, Austria. This event is a recognition of the best wood carvers and their artistic work and the sustainability of the wood materia/medium 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 the replica of the 1914 Estey residency Organ, in collaboration with The Schantz Organ Company from Ohio.