Andrea Pichaida

Born in Santiago, Chile. Andrea grew up in a German environment were she attended the German School, Church and Sports Club, with German and Spanish being her first languages.  In her early life she learned to enjoy and respect nature to the fullest as well as her country, its people, culture and history. This interest inspired her to travel extensively throughout Europe where she lived in Germany as an exchange student at age 16 and later through her native country Chile as well as Peru and Bolivia. The travels ignited her interest in ancient cultures, which she had been studying since age 6 when she started taking ceramic lessons with Luz Concha, a well known artist in Chile.

 

She was accepted at the age of 18  into the Art School of the Pontifical Catholic University in Chile, where she earned in 1987 a Master's Degree of Fine Art  with honors. As a student she also worked as a professor's assistant and participated in many group exhibits.

 

She and her family moved in 1987 to Angel Fire, NM, USA. There she became the Graphic Designer and Draftsperson for the Resort and Complex 7 Inc, an architectural and engineering firm.  She also taught part time at the ski school.

 

They returned  to Chile in 1991 where she soon became an Associate Professor as well as the Vice Chair of the Art School at the P. Catholic University, while she taught in the sculpture department and did research work and later also became the head of the sculpture department. In her 17 years as professor she taught  Sculpture, Ceramics, Paper Clay sculpture and Advanced Ceramics among others. One of her research projects is a published book called:  “El Arte de la Tierra y el Fuego, Manual práctico para el alumno”, (The Art of Clay and Fire, students manual). She has also worked in many community projects throughout Santiago, Chile, to create a better environment for low income areas and the underserved as well as teaching at her private sculpture studio Eccos del Barro.  Teaching taught her the beauty and sorrow of the human being which became a changing point in her own creative process., in which

Truth, Beauty and Love  are her main driving points.

 

Through the years she has participated in more than 30 group exhibits in Chile, Argentina and the USA and in 11 solo exhibits in Chile and the USA. Her work can be found in many public spaces as well as in private collections in Chile, Argentina, Germany, Brazil, USA, Canada, Spain and The Vatican. She has given many lectures and has been a curator for many exhibits.

 

Andrea moved to Santa Fe, NM in August 2010 were she married Dr. Dave Gonzales and opened her private sculpting studio and business CeramicAndrea, LLC, where she works, shows her art and teaches kids and adults to discover the beauty of clay and sculpting. 

Her passion for teaching also took her to Santa Fe Clay were she has been teaching group and private lessons since January 2011, work that she really enjoys and makes her be part of her new hometown.

 

In October 2011 was her first exhibit in Santa Fe called “We Koon Em”

( New Beginnings) which was met with great success, followed by exhibits at  Santa Fe Clay Gallery in 2013 and 2014 and in Gallery @508 in 2015. She has been part of the juried Contemporary Clay Fair in Santa Fe in 2014 and 2015 as well as Holiday Sales at Santa Fe Clay.  

Andrea was accepted in 2013 and 2016 into the juried International Clay Festival in Silver City and awarded second place in 2013.

 

She was commissioned to sculpt The Stations of the Cross for the historic The Church of the Holly Faith in downtown Santa Fe in 2013 as many other  Sculptures and Bar Relieves for private clients.