Meet Lugo, the first recipient of the Culture Xplorers Foundation Art Scholarship fund.
While in Peru this past April, I visited a small school outside of Lima, it was situated atop some rocky and dusty land not far from the ocean. The school was lacking, there were bathrooms but no water, and a number of improvements that were needed, but I did notice the art muralsâ€¦.where did they come from?
Thatâ€™s when I learned about Lugo. Lugo is a young artist living in the community. He has been teaching the children at the school art classes several times a week, an opportunity these children would never have otherwise (thanks to Daniel for putting this together!). But Lugo has his own dream, the dream to finish his art education. Currently Lugo struggles between school, teaching, long commutes, and working long and laborious weekends with his uncle. He is supported by his family, however they come from limited financial resources. Heâ€™s very aware that there are more â€œpracticalâ€ career options but Lugo, like most artists, remains true to his calling.
For the past 10 years, my bio has included one very important statement- â€œRecognizing the many opportunities afforded in life, like an art education, would become the driving force behind my motivation.â€ This still holds true. I never take for granted my an art education. And so this year in appreciation for all that has been given to me, I pledged my birthdayÂ to Lugo. The pledge raised over $800 which covered Lugo’s tuition for 2012. We now look forward to helping Lugo for 2013!
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Lugo’s portrait from photos
â€œDesdeÂ donde recuerdo , siempreÂ dibujaba. Y asÃÂ la motivaciÃ³nÂ hacia el arte no a cambiado hasta ahora y desde mi infancia Â«expresar todo lo que Tengo en el interioâ€¦Creo queÂ la inspiraciÃ³n es la vida misma, es los recuerdos y los sentimientos que guardamos, la inspiraciÃ³n son las historias de papa y mama , mi barrio humilde , la gente buena , la gente mala y aquellos que como amigos forman parte de mi vida. Mi obra tiene un gran contenido personalÂ y creo yo que todo artistaÂ involucra su alma en la obraÂ Nuestro pasado , nuestro presente y lo que soÃ±emos como futuroâ€¦â€“ Lugo, 2012
â€œSince I can remember, I was always drawing.Â And this motivation for art has not changed since my childhood to â€œexpress everything I have insideâ€. I think the inspiration is life itself, it is the memories and feelings we hold. Inspiration are the stories of parents, my poor neighborhood, friends, good people, bad people andÂ all those those who are part of my life. My work has great personal content and I think that every artist involves their soul in their creations. Our past, our present and the dream of the futureâ€¦â€ â€“ Lugo, 2012