Andrew Ramiro Tirado

Andrew Ramiro Tirado, a Colorado artist, has created a series of large scale hands from reclaimed wood and other 3D and 2D media. Tirado finds a balance between traditional craftsmanship and the innovative ideas that enliven some of the best contemporary art. He spent many years doing a variety of work from building wood strip canoes, fabricating custom props, displays, and sets, to building custom cabinetry. From 1989 until 1991, Andrew served as a studio assistant for the painter Chuck Close in New York, and since 1988, he has worked as Seminar Faculty for the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation’s Summer Seminar for high school students. From 2005 – 2016, Tirado taught woodworking, ran the Arts and Crafts spring semester adjuncts, and supervised the 3D Arts Facility at the Colorado College, a private liberal arts college in Colorado Springs. In 2014, he was visiting faculty and taught a sculpture class at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado, and had a solo exhibition at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Centre. Andrew eventually left his teaching position and he currently creates art full time.

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