West Hill Rd
Mesa has a creative spirit and is a man with integrity, depth and commitment.
His drive to create has molded his entire life and every decision he has made
has honored his art and his desire to live life on his own terms.
was born in Bogata, Columbia and lived in Los Angeles from the age of 17 until 1975.
During this phase of his life, he discovered his talent, set about acquiring
skill with many tools and a variety of media, and built a business that
produced custom-made architectural elements from a combination of carved wood,
metal, ceramics and Glassplex (a unique acrylic material that resembles stained
glass). His unique creations were wildly popular and brought him both wealth
and fame, but like many artists before him, Hugo discovered that success drew
him away from the creative pursuits that are the foundation of his life.
he walked away, leaving the business behind. He moved to Florida where he built
a smaller studio practice that allowed him to mold his life around his art. He
continued to make doors, furniture and mirrors but each piece was hand carved, the
product of his own hand and imagination. Scaling back his business allowed him
to focus on his art, gave his creativity free reign and provided a life style
more fitting to his personality.
1990 Hugo moved to Craftsbury, VT with his wife Valerie where he continued to
carve large, custom items. While the beauty and serenity of the Northeast
Kingdom provided nourishment for his creative spirit, it made it difficult to
connect with customers. Once again, Hugo synchronized his career approach with
his life style, and found attending several home shows, and advertising twice a
year in a log home periodical kept his name out there and word of mouth took it
Hugo discovered that as the years go by, the urge to create is still strong,
but the realities of advancing age must be taken into account. The fact that he
has amassed a huge collection of beautiful leftover pieces of scrap wood has
provided the perfect solution. He now works on smaller projects such as
intricately carved mahogony lamps that serve as night lights, pipes and all
manner of whimsical items.
the years, evolving circumstances have dictated change, but Hugo’s commitment
to his art is constant.