Felix Velez - Interview
Felix Velez was born on the island of Puerto Rico. When he was 16 years old, he began creating wire sculptures and selling them on the beaches to American tourists. At the age of 20, Velez moved to the Unites States and began sculpting professionally as a full-time job. Today, this self-taught artist is internationally known for his life-size bronzes and works, which he creates as a way to serve God.
Velez’s sculptures can be found in public buildings, hotels and private collections around the world. He draws motivation from his ability to share a message behind art with his viewer. “If you look at the piece, you feel that it is more than a sculpture, but a message. I seek to challenge my audience’s imagination with my art, and with this piece I hope the viewer asks questions close to his or her heart.”
“Man’s Broken Promises to God” stands 18 inches tall, weighs 100 pounds and is constructed of bronze. Velez believes this piece is a reflection of himself as a person and his lifestyle. The sculpture recalls the Biblical story of Adam and Eve. “If you look very closely, you will notice the piece isn’t an angel, but a man. The man is trying to achieve for himself, but he can only get what he desires through God. The sculpture is a unique piece that shares a deep spiritual message with the viewer.”