Héctor Saldivar is an award-winning ceramicist and sculpture artist in Lenoir City, Tennessee. Héctor was born and raised in Mexico City, and although he has spent more than half his life in the United States, his art draws inspiration from the colorful traditions of Mexican craft. Since moving to Tennessee, Héctor has been making larger sculptures out of cardboard and papier-mâché, in the tradition of Mexican cartonería. As part of the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, Ariel Dickman, Héctor’s niece, learned her uncle’s unique form of folk sculpture. From Knoxville, Ariel is a high schooler and has been painting for five years.“My uncle is my influencer and role model because of his willingness and love for art,” says Ariel.
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