Delia Garcia was born on September 10, 1965 in Cochas, Peru. Her village, northwest of the city of Huancayo, is typically known for carving detailed Andean Gourds. Gourds are vegetables that are carved into traditional Peruvian pieces of artwork. Delia was enticed by the local craft from the young age of 7 and found an innate talent for it. Delia’s art has allowed her to participate in various National exhibitions and has awarded her International recognition.
“We engrave the gourds whilst our animals are grazing in the fields. This is just one of the reasons that our gourds are engraved with such originality and spirituality.” - Delia
It is typical in Andean culture for the entire family to be working to support each other. Unfortunately in many areas, it is not uncommon for the children to be out working at the young age of 6 or 7. For Delia, her early years involved helping her family herd sheep whilst her friends and neighbors carved gourds. Delia’s priorities meddled between herding sheep and helping her neighbors carve them into delicate pieces of art. With the motivational competition of design between Delia and her friends as well as her flair for art, Delia’s own gourd designs soon developed into a business. With the initial gourd sale going towards buying bread for her family, soon foreign tourists showed interest in her traditional Cocha artwork.
Delia’s pieces of art have been awarded many times over the years. Among them being the National Inti Raymi Artisan Award in 1997, 1999 and 2000.
She was also awarded many Medal in the 2000s by the Ministry of Tourism and Crafts from Peru.
Recently she traveled to Santa Fe marketplace for crafts in the United States, two years ago 2015, her artworks is recognized internationally.
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