Sculptor German Arzate is constantly experimenting with different materials and forms, seeking a way to make his pieces more poetic, original, and meaningful. A self-taught artist, Arzate focuses his work on the theme of man’s relationship to nature and the duality of existence embodied by opposing forces like masculinity and femininity, happiness and sadness, pleasure and pain, life and death. By drawing inspiration from the Mesoamerican cultures of his native Mexico, as well as the style of the Surrealists, Arzate has created a body of work that has a strong mystical and shamanistic undercurrent. He separates his sculptures into the three major categories: mystical, romantic, and natural, classifying his style as “fantastic realism.”
A dentist by trade, Arzate is skilled in working with many different materials such as clay, plasticine, wood, marble, metals, acrylic and bronze. He describes himself as, “a great observer, dreamer, and tireless worker, proudly Mexican, not understood by art’s present moment.” For this rebellious and unconventional artist, the greatest satisfaction he gets from sculpting is witnessing the materialization of his life and spirit in his work.