Photo: Bandon Tobias ©2012 In love with lighting since 1976 Photo: Duilio Passariello ©2016
I discovered the magic of light in my university, a UNESCO heritage site where the architecture, landscape, and urban planning of C.R. Villanueva gave me a solid ground in the understanding of the role of public art, buildings, parks, and cities in the creation of a healthy society. Within that context, a combination of scientific and artistic interests took shape in my mind, and while investigating the diffracting pattern of a butterfly wing under a scanning microscope in 1976, I fell in love with lighting. My unique path to this profession has given me a particular idea of what a lighting designer should be: an enlightened Engineer, a visual Creative and a knowledgeable contributor to Architecture, Urban planning, Landscape Architecture, and Interior Design. I understand lighting, as a form of energy, not bound to gravity. Lighting is only a visual experience, not a construction material as some suggest. What I create is in my mind well before it becomes a sketch, a narrative, an option, a plan or a simulation. It is an idea based on experience and a well-trained eye that is capable of seeing visual opportunities, understanding visual tasks and engaging in an efficient approach in which Climate Change is of the essence. I have learned from painting, from films, opera, and theatre; from sculpture and photography; from dance and from fashion, from mechanical engineering and from ecology. Lighting encompasses it all, and so in my work, space is an open canvas. I’m glad to present to you this portfolio. Here you will find the highlights of my work in lighting for the past twenty years, from Lighting Art for the National Park Service, to Lighting Engineering for Air Europa. My approach to designing is rooted in a five stages process; understanding the request, defining the problem, brainstorming the ideas, exploring the alternatives and selecting a plan for documentation, evaluation, and eventually, implementation. My method for designing lighting encompasses the poetic and the pragmatic. Lighting is both, a source of emotions and solutions to everyday situations.
I discovered the magic of light in my university, a UNESCO heritage site where the architecture, landscape, and urban planning of C.R. Villanueva gave me a solid ground in the understanding of the role of public art, buildings, parks, and cities in the creation of a healthy society. Within that context, a combination of scientific and artistic interests took shape in my mind, and while investigating the diffracting pattern of a butterfly wing under a scanning microscope in 1976, I fell in love with lighting. My unique path to this profession has given me a particular idea of what a lighting designer should be: an enlightened Engineer, a visual Creative and a knowledgeable contributor to Architecture, Urban planning, Landscape Architecture, and Interior Design. I understand lighting, as a form of energy, not bound to gravity. Lighting is only a visual experience, not a construction material as some suggest. What I create is in my mind well before it becomes a sketch, a narrative, an option, a plan or a simulation. It is an idea based on experience and a well-trained eye that is capable of seeing visual opportunities, understanding visual tasks and engaging in an efficient approach in which Climate Change is of the essence. I have learned from painting, from films, opera, and theatre; from sculpture and photography; from dance and from fashion, from mechanical engineering and from ecology. Lighting encompasses it all, and so in my work, space is an open canvas. I’m glad to present to you this portfolio. Here you will find the highlights of my work in lighting for the past twenty years, from Lighting Art for the National Park Service, to Lighting Engineering for Air Europa. My approach to designing is rooted in a five stages process; understanding the request, defining the problem, brainstorming the ideas, exploring the alternatives and selecting a plan for documentation, evaluation, and eventually, implementation. My method for designing lighting encompasses the poetic and the pragmatic. Lighting is both, a source of emotions and solutions to everyday situations.