Roberto Lugo

  • Law and Order: The Reincarnation of Frederick Douglass, 2017
    Porcelain, china paint, luster
    24 x 24 x 47 in (vase is 24 x 24 x 35 in, lid is 12 x 12 x 13 in)
  • Law and Order: The Reincarnation of Frederick Douglass, 2017
    Porcelain, china paint, luster
    24 x 24 x 47 in (vase is 24 x 24 x 35 in, lid is 12 x 12 x 13 in)
  • Obama and Me, 2017
    Porcelain, china paint, luster
    24 x 24 x 47 in (vase is 24 x 24 x 35 in, lid is 12 x 12 x 13 in)
  • Obama and Me, 2017
    Porcelain, china paint, luster
    24 x 24 x 47 in (vase is 24 x 24 x 35 in, lid is 12 x 12 x 13 in)
  • Fred Sanford (Redd Foxx) / Freddie Gray Urn, 2017
    Porcelain, china paint, gold luster
    9 x 9 x 16.5 in
  • Fred Sanford (Redd Foxx) / Freddie Gray Urn, 2017
    Porcelain, china paint, gold luster
    9 x 9 x 16.5 in
  • Whitney Houston / Shirley Chisholm Urn, 2017
    Porcelain, china paint, gold luster
    9 x 9 x 16 in
  • Whitney Houston / Shirley Chisholm Urn, 2017
    Porcelain, china paint, gold luster
    9 x 9 x 16 in
  • Frederick Douglass / Arthur Ashe Urn, 2017
    Porcelain, china paint, gold luster
    11 x 11 x 18 in
  • Frederick Douglass / Arthur Ashe Urn, 2017
    Porcelain, china paint, gold luster
    11 x 11 x 18 in
  • Pedro Albizu Campos / Nikki Giovanni Teapot, 2016
    Stoneware, china paint, luster
    8.5 x 6 x 11.25 in
  • Pedro Albizu Campos / Nikki Giovanni Teapot, 2016
    Stoneware, china paint, luster
    8.5 x 6 x 11.25 in
  • Angela Davis / Toni Morrison Teapot, 2016
    Stoneware, china paint, luster
    8.25 x 6 x 10.5 in
  • Angela Davis / Toni Morrison Teapot, 2016
    Stoneware, china paint, luster
    8.25 x 6 x 10.5 in
  • Hustle, 2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    72 x 60 in
  • 40 Cooler 7, 2016
    Porcelain, china paint
    9 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 7 inches
  • Roberto Lugo, ceramic artist and ghetto potter represented by Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia, PA
    Portrait Plate: Maya Angelou, 2015
    Porcelain, glaze, ceramic decal
    11 X 1 inches
  • Roberto Lugo, ceramic artist and ghetto potter represented by Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia, PA
    Portrait Plate: GZA, 2015
    Porcelain, glaze, ceramic decal
    11 X 1 inches
  • Roberto Lugo, ceramic artist and ghetto potter represented by Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia, PA
    Portrait Plate: Ghostface Killah, 2015
    Porcelain, glaze, ceramic decal
    11 X 1 inches
  • Roberto Lugo, ceramic artist and ghetto potter represented by Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia, PA
    Portrait Plate: Ugod, 2015
    Porcelain, glaze, ceramic decal
    11 X 1 inches
  • Roberto Lugo, ceramic artist and ghetto potter represented by Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia, PA
    Portrait Plate: Method Man, 2015
    Porcelain, glaze, ceramic decal
    11 X 1 inches

Artist Statement

I am a potter, social activist, spoken word poet, and educator. All of these roles are rooted in my childhood. Having had no formal music or art training, I often practiced table drumming and writing hip-hop lyrics as it was customary to “battle rap” during lunch Instead of art class, I drew in my composition book, and marked every wall that I could. “Graffiti” was a way to get my name into the community, to attain a local fame.

Today my graffiti is defacing social inequality I teach communities to make mosaic murals to honor victims of gun violence. I see my pottery as a process of transforming the ground we walk on into something we eat from;  we search all day for the perfect spot to put it on display. In many ways this transformation of tragedy into triumph is a metaphor for my life’s story.

My experiences as an indigent minority inform my version of Puerto Rican American history. With my education in critical theory, art education, art history, and studio art I have developed a studio practice that fluidly communicates with diverse audiences. I bring art to those that do not believe they need to see it and engage in deeper ways of knowing, learning and thinking.

 

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