"Born in Venezuela, lugufelo has been inspired and influenced by one of the great masters of kinetic design, Jesus Rafael Soto, under whom he studied for a period of time. He also draws inspiration from Naum Gabo, Pablo Picasso and Victor Vasarely.
lugufelo came to the United States in the early 1990s in an attempt to escape the deteriorating situation in his country and became a US citizen in 2009. lugufelo’s work is known to be bright, energetic, inspiring, and full of optical illusions. The infusion of contemporary art and natural spaces has always been a focal point for lugufelo.
It is the artist’s belief that contemporary art, given its crude elements, can often give the user of a natural space a mental “pause,” which, in turn, heightens the experience of nature upon the eye’s return to the natural element. It is lugufelo’s mission to see, to reflect, and to enhance this juxtaposition between nature and art, which is why public art is his number one passion.
lugufelo also has a series of gallery art pieces that challenge the viewer’s perspective on geometric form and reality. These works and supporting concepts, when produced as large-scale projects, utilize natural light to create a secondary dimension via shadows that move and change as the day progresses. On a smaller scale, many of these gallery pieces utilize computer animation to challenge the viewer’s perception of reality and illusion."
"The mathematical element along with nature’s structure, are present in my sculptures. These installations are created by combining old school processes alongside modern technology. By combining those two methods, I am able to create shadows and reflections on the surface of the pieces which can lure the viewer into a state of thought.
Multilayer images arise which question the fragility and instability of our seemingly certain reality. In search for new methods to understand the environment, I focus on exhibiting the sculptures in open spaces. Although the juxtaposition of metal and earth are visible, the installations are created to have minuscule amounts of maintenance and thus pose no harm to the surrounding area.
My work does not reference recognizable form, extending the meaning, and possible interpretations then become multifaceted. The sculptures are in contact with basic living elements, where space and landscape are examined in less obvious ways and are sometimes developed in abstract forms. Even though I have been influenced by various famous artists, the sculptures I create are separate from their tendencies and define my own way of expressing art. It is because of this, that I feel attracted to place my installations in public spaces."