MILIO APONTE-SIERRA to headline Celebrate ORGULLO Festival

The colors and images create a
texture that I love. The energy
cannot be created in the same way
using other mediums. We need to
use existing materials to transform
and change our world into something
beautiful. This is why I use
recyclables in my work”.
  -Emilio Aponte-Sierra

Not only was Emilio introduced to painting during his High
School days at the National Loperena School-Valledupar,
Colombia, but it was at Magdalena University while working with
a theater company called “Colectivo teatral para niños los
muñecos”, and under the artistic direction of Mary Luz Giraldo,
when he fell in love with the use of paper and the creation of
mask and sculptures. The Artist has developed a unique method
of weaving together pages from colorful magazines and news
publications. He also cuts, folds, interlaces, rolls and twists the
recycled paper to create 3D art pieces. Each piece is presented
in an acrylic box.

Emilio is from Valledupar Colombia, but brought his love of the
arts to South Florida in 2002.

Aponte-Sierra was so committed to his craft and his community
that when he graduated high school he earned a scholarship to
Magdalena University for acting. Instead of majoring in the arts,
he chose to major in Fishing Engineering with a specialty in environment planning.

He found his art mentor, Mary Luz Giraldo, while he was attending Magdalena University. She was the director of a private theater
company and admired Aponte-Sierra’’s attention to detail. Aponte-Sierra was able to perfect his craft in Papier-mâché, Sewing and
Origami, with her guidance. His body of work is created using three mediums: Paper Sculpture, Ink on Canvas and Manipulated

“My undergraduate degree has labeled me as a Fishing Engineer and my Masters Degree is what allows me to navigate the world of
Guidance and Counseling, but art is at the center of my life and will continue to influence me and my work always”. – Emilio Aponte-Sierra

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