Artist spotlight: Roberto Lugo

Roberto Lugo. Portrait by Jewel Lea Photography, Courtesy of Wexler Gallery.

Roberto Lugo. Portrait by Jewel Lea Photography, Courtesy of Wexler Gallery.

 
 

Roberto Lugo

Artist, activist, and self-titled ‘ghetto potter,’ Roberto Lugo was born in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood. For Graffiti & Ornament, Lugo will tell the story, he says, of “my side of Philly.” Today a professor of ceramics at Tyler School of Art, Lugo’s vessels recall traditional ceramics, but the artist inserts his Puerto Rican heritage, and his personal and cultural heroes into the work. Lugo’s work bears witness to histories that have often been excluded, and as a result, reshapes the narrative of ceramics. Graffiti often becomes the ornament on his vessels, which depict portraits that range from hip-hop stars the Wu-Tang Clan, to poet Gwendolyn Brooks. For Graffiti & Ornament, Lugo will create monumental vessels to memorialize those from his Kensington community, echoing the wooded cemetery that surrounds the Hamilton mansion. 

Artist website: https://www.wexlergallery.com/roberto-lugo/