Luis da Cruz
Like my life, my art defies strict labels. Simply put, I am a visual artist and designer
born in Portugal, educated in France, based in New York City, and always on the
move. I work with materials ranging from the common such as iron, canvas, and
porcelain, to the unexpected such as coffee filters, NYC trash cans, elevator
cables, and discarded mattresses. Everything is fodder for thought and
expression, and anything can be a material. The discarded, the mundane, and the
elegant are all equal in potential. By using these ideas as a guiding principle, I
create objects that transcend categorization.
Through a juxtaposition of aesthetics, materials, and the deliberate blurring of
boundaries, my work explores the harmony between the organic and inorganic
and the inherent potential for transformation in any object.
Throughout my career I have created site-specific installations for international
clients, furniture and design objects for retail, and paintings and sculptures for
exhibitions. I find inspiration everywhere, and as such I am always working and