• Among the representatives of this speciality who dedicated their lives to the enamel, is the author of this article. She began her studies in the “Escuela de Artes Plásticas” School in 1986. She continued in the “Pedagógico” Institute and finally in the Porras art studio where she worked for eight years. In 1995 she founded and conducted the first AVAF enamel art studio and during six years she taught to a diverse group of young artists, with whom she later continued that process in her own art studio. Students and teacher collaborated to form the new generation of artists, creating a new way of expression as they started to exhibit their work all over the world, with exhibitions in countries such as Japan, Argentina, Chile, Spain and USA, among others, obtaining numerous awards and recognitions in the recent decade.
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Aborigine by Lucero Tamayo de Kube. 1999. 15 cm x 8 cm. Silver, Silver and Gold Foil, Cloisonné, Enamel, Semiprecious stone.

The contemporary activity of Enamel in Venezuela started with the work as a teacher of the artist Ricardo Arrue Valle, who taught in the “Escuela de Artes Plásticas” School, obtaining in 1947 the award “SaIón Oficial” for his work. Other teachers followed him, such as Miguel Arrollo and Sergio González. From this time other Venezuelan pioneers include Ariel Severino and Domingo Ramirez.

Enloquecido 1 by Ana Mercedes Carvallo, 3cm x 3cm x 3cm. Hammered copper with transparent enamels, enameled copper wire.

During the 50’s the Mexican artist Francisco Porras arrived to Caracas coming from Stockholm, together with his wife – also an enamelist – Inga Porras. Together they initiated the pedagogic process of the enamel in their own art studio. They are great educators in this field and collaborated in the development of a great number of relevant Enamel artist. In 1971, he obtained the first prize in the Carabobo University in the exhibition “Primer Salón Nacional de las Artes del Fuego” (First National Exhibition of the Arts of Fire). From 1972 he participated in several exhibitions in the field of sculptural enamel and obtained several awards. With other artists, Porras participated also in the creation of the Venezuelan Association for the Arts of Fire – AVAF -, existing from the year 1980.

Portrait of Matias by Francisco Porras. 20 x 25 cm. Wet charged enamel on copper.

The AVAF is formed with artists from very different specialities, including Enamel, Ceramics, Glass, and Goldsmith. The AVAF invites several international artists to give seminars and special courses for the education and training of its members. Exhibitions all over the country take place, and so the presence of the enamel became evident. Today, its members continue to participate in Enamel exhibitions around the world. In the continuity of the learning process of the Enamel in Venezuela, one must mention artist Carmen Dominguez, who create her own art studio in the “Pedagógico” Institute in the 60’s.

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The Transparent World Series by Inga Porras. 13 x 8 cm. Wet charged enamel on hand raised copper. Gold and silver foils inlays. Gold luster.

The recognized artist Lamis Feldman also worked during the 60’s as an enamelist with multiple exhibitions both in Venezuela and abroad. She won the first award in the “Salón Nacional de las Artes del Fuego”, being the first time to be given to an artist in the enamel speciality.

The Transparent World Series by Inga Porras. 16 cm. in diameter, 8 cm high. Wet charged enamel on hand raised copper. Gold and silver foils inlays. Gold luster.

After that, the professor Denia Rojas continued her work and in 1975 she gave a workshop to the convicts of Venezuelan jails. Artist Esther Avila is another name that comes to us in that process, working for the government institution “Consejo Nacional de la Cultura” – CONAC. Also from those decades we can mention the relevant work of the artist Florinda D’Costa, enamelist and goldsmith, who teaches from her private studio.

The Transparent World Series by Inga Porras. 12 x 8 cm. Wet charged enamel on hand raised copper. Gold and silver foils inlays. Gold luster.

In most recent years we can mention some Venezuelan enamelist and goldsmiths such as Lourdes Silva, Alexi de La Sierra, Urei Galletti, Cristian Grancko, Isabel Cisneros, Julia Ferrrira and Maria Tulián. Nowadays Venezuela has artists with interesting and deep backgrounds, and we can appreciate their passion for the enamel. The list is fortunately large and we will mention here some of the exponents more relevant at the present time: Aida Armas, Rosa Falena, Oscar Inatti, Beatriz Valladares, Teresa Pereda, Beatriz Gómez, Esther Salazar, Lucero Tamayo, Silvia López and Carlos Graterol. All these talented artists contributed with their efforts and constant work to the continuity of the enamel art in Venezuela. Today, artist as Ana Mercedes Carvallo – “Premio Nacional de Las Artes del Fuego 2005 “- , Yolanda Sucre, Mariela Pinto and Mari Muci, among others, represent a great value and a promising new generation to achieve the diffusion and expansion of the Venezuelan enamel to the world.

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The Dancer, by Francisco Porras, 27 cm high (without base). Transparent enamel on copper.
Ceremonial Piece 1997 by Lucero Tamayo de Kube. 26 cm x 9 cm. Silver, Silver and Gold Foil, Cloisonné, Enamel. First Prize by the Jury of the CEARA – Center of the Artistic Enamellers of the Argentine Republic.
Organic Work by Yolanda Sucre. 22cm x 12.5 cm. Cloisonné, hammered fine silver.
Manhattan Glass by Yolanda Sucre. 21.5 cm x 13 cm (each triangle face) Cloisonné, Transparent enamel over white coat, silver foil, silver wires. Silver 950.
De Otros Mundos (From Other Worlds) by Mari Muci. 2003. 26 x 15 cms. Cloisonné Enamel over fine silver. Sterling and Fine silver.
Hanging Pods by Ana Mercedes Carvallo. Hammered copper, silver foil, transparent enamel. Photo by Marco Aguilar.
Valnitas Decoratives by Ana Mercedes Carvallo. 24 cm x 26 cm x 0.8 cm. Grand Prix Award, 17th Cloisonne Jewelry Contest, Japan. Photo by Marco Aguilar.
Arasy by Ana Mercedes Carvallo. Each approx. 8cm x 8cm x 4cm. Cloisonné enamel on copper, silver foil. Photo by Marco Aguilar.
Series Poem to The Dry Leaves Set by Lucero Tamayo de Kube. 12 cm x 8 cm x 7 cm. Silver boxes. Cloisonné, Enamel, Silver and Gold foil. Special Award of the 15th Cloisonné Jewelry Contest, Japan. 2002.
African Inspiration by Lucero Tamayo de Kube. 2000. 20 cm x 7 cm. Silver, Silver and Gold Foil, Cloisonné, Enamel.
Roots by Lucero Tamayo de Kube. 27 cm, width 35 cm. Enamel on copper, lost wax casting.
Ovalo No. 8 by Aida Arvas. 2001. 21cm x 12.5cm x 13cm. Copper, enamel, wood.
Fragment No. 12 by Aida Armas. 2007. 32cm x 14cm x 21 cm. Copper, enamel, wood.
Group No. 3 by Aida Armas. 2001. 27cm x 27cm x 21cm. Copper, enamel, wood.
Tempo by Oscar Inatti. 16cm x 28cm. Cloisonné enamel, copper, iron silver.
Caribbean Fossil by Rosita Galea de Falena. Hand drawn graffito on enamel.
Summer by Oscar Inatti. 17cm x 24cn. Cloisonné enamel, copper, silver, amber.