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About Roberto > Artist Statement

Roberto Salas

Roberto in a bamboo forest, Japan 2008

Building these public art projects stems from both the conceptual and physical potential of the sites. My goal is to create work that is inter-generational, crosses economic divisions and speaks to a local audience of similar yet unique life experiences. 

My site-specific artworks conceptually integrate local history, community identity, and cultural linkages between people and time. The integration of the community profile in the development of the artwork has proved essential in public settings. I have completed commissions that have dealt with large-scale wall surfaces. These projects include relief sculptures, mosaics and painted murals. Other commissions in outdoor settings include large-scale stone steles, road sign and totemic sculptures, and seating areas. 

Each commission has integrated community focus groups and/or professional Engineers/Architects’ input either through collaborative brainstorming workshops or hands-on participation. Additionally, through research, my ideas and imagery are inspired by a community’s local history and geography. 

It is my goal to provide a positive experience to communities of diverse populations, who may rarely frequent art institutions to experience visual arts.

 

 

 
   
 

 

           
 
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