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Artist of the Month (2): Carlos Soto
February 23, 2017
Introducing our featured artist of the month: Carlos Soto of Soto Design
Carlos was born in Madrid, Spain. His father was a cabinet maker and found himself since very young he helped him out in the shop often spending whole summers there. Its this beginning that helped him to build the dexterity with tools that he has. Always building something was the foundation he needed to help me become the artist he is today. His family spent their weekend in the great outdoors allowing him to grow his hobby of collecting interesting rocks.
His introduction to the jewelry industry comes from a relative that was working as a bookkeeper in a diamond importing company. His relative knew his interest in minerals and crystals and from there he began an apprenticeship and learned how to set stones at the young age of 17. Two years after his apprenticeship Carlos set off to start his own his own and set up his own shop. Over the time he spent in madrid he was able to work with a plethora of people from the small workshops to the finest jewellers in Madrid!
Like most creative people, Carlos often gets bored doing the same thing over and over so later in 2005 he found computer aided design (CAD) and fell in love with it. The first time he opened up the program Rhinoceros 3D he felt overwhelmed by the complexity of CAD design, but after teaching himself every night something new his fears started to dwindle. Its with CAD he was able to realise the possibilities that are afforded to him with being able to manipulate a piece before it’s crafted.
In 2006 he started up Modeliamo with business partner Pino Vallecorsa. Being one of the first jewellers to embrace CAD and to offer full service milling, printing, design and casting of any piece of jewellery. Carlos began to work on Modeliamo’s line of jewellery and put together two collections, Andalucía and Nebula. Andalucía was inspired by the patterns of Islamic art, combining classic patterns with different shapes and weeding in architectural features. Nebula came after Andalucía and was created to make transparencies of different colours, tones and shapes in a playful manner.
Featured below are is a CAD rendering and an image of a finished piece from Carlos's Andalucía Collection. Having trouble telling the difference? This is cause of Carlos's precision in crafting hyper realistic renderings for all of his projects.
For more examples of Carlos' work, visit Carlos Soto under CANADIAN ARTISTS menu.