Roberto Lugo was born in Philadelphia and exposed to prevalent drug use and gang activity in the 1980s. In an effort to establish security for his family, Lugo’s father biked to New Jersey every morning for more appealing job opportunities. Lugo has said, “When I sit at a potter’s wheel, I often think of my father’s bike tire spinning, and this metaphor has always had me reach for more.” His graffiti, painting and ceramics works speak to contemporary issues of gang violence, race, juvenile incarceration, and socio-economic depravity.
After earning a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Penn State, Lugo was invited to speak at the National Council of Education for the Ceramic Arts in Seattle, WA in 2011 and delivered a lecture entitled “Activism Through Ceramics.” The following year at the NCECA Conference held in Houston, Texas he delivered another lecture titled “From the Wheel to the Wall”, a presentation on how graffiti relates to ceramics. He was honored as NCECA’s Emerging Artist of the Year in 2015. Lugo has exhibited at Miami Basel, MASS MoCA, Cranbrook, the Center for Craft and Creativity, Arizona State Ceramics Research Center, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, etc.
In 2015, he taught at Marlboro College in Vermont and was an active board member of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME and the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
He is currently an Assistant Professor of Crafts at Tyler School of Art in Pennsylvania and is included in many prestige art collections throughout the United States.
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