From an initial five years of metal-welding class starting at the age of 13, through Peñasco High School and directly after, Leroy Fresquez Jr attended Northern New Mexico Community College to gain a degree in Welding Technology. He started focusing on sculpture with an emphasis on artistic designs. Leroy began selling work early, and continued to sell to his local Northern New Mexico community until finally dedicating more time to sculpture as his passion and his livelihood. In 2007 he participated in the High Road Art Tour, and several years later entered as master-level presenter and professional into Santa Fe 2010 Contemporary Hispanic Market, also exhibiting in Contemporary Winter Hispanic Market in Santa Fe.
Specifically I create recycled art, endeavoring to create works using and embodying the remains of an industrial environment which when they newly coalesce, emote consideration and respect for their prior industrial use. Working with scrap material and found metals, I’m able to tap into a source of abundant substance; this scrap, discarded material tells its own story I translate into abstract, but tangible present-day reality. Telling these stories, letting them flow out from these found objects welded together in new intention and forms is complimented by specific welding techniques I’ve cultivated over many years as a master welder. Completing these pieces enables both their new purposes–but also completes my personal artistic processes, connecting me more deeply to an inner, spiritual self and gift, in the ability to create something from nothing.
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