The Art & The Artist
Adri Estrada - Liturgical Artist
Repujado (Re-poo-ha-tho) don’t forget to roll the “r”.
Is an ancient art form of embossing or pressing shapes to create a design on tin, copper and brass. It arrived in Mexico during the Spanish colonization. It was used out of the necessity to protect the icons of the churches from the chandelier smoke, the environment and the time itself. I choose to work on aluminum because it allows me to control the shine and not worry about rust or oxidizing. And no two pieces are exactly alike.
With each line and curve I draw I am praying. As I sculpt their form it brings them to life and I can meditate on their story. I am also praying for the people that will set eyes on this artwork. I choose to evangelize through my artwork, like many artists before me and provide an opportunity for people to see beauty, learn about God’s love, and learn about faith, hope and a deeper prayer.
Long after I have passed, I hope my artwork will still be in churches and people’s homes. A piece of art handed down to each generation, helping to keep people connected to God. I want this same legacy for you, too. When you gift a piece of art, framed picture, book or holy card you too are evangelizing and reminding people of God’s powerful presence and unconditional love. Pacem.