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Marcelo Wong: Through the fire

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This article was originally published in the June issue of An Extra Shot. To enjoy the entire issue for free, download your e-version here

You go to a nice restaurant and there it is. You visit a friend’s house, they have one too. Visit a bookstore or your favorite art gallery, it’s there. Turn on the TV, and there it is again. Walk by a park or a bridge, and voila. And it’s not Lima alone we are talking about, but rather cities such as Amsterdam, Santiago, Istanbul, New York, Sao Paolo and as faraway as Teheran, to a name a few.

Yes, Marcelo Wong’s art has transcended the walls of his workshop, as he’s made his way to multiple and diverse locations in Peru and beyond, and continues in that process through the waves of cyberspace. It hasn’t been easy for this thirty-seven year old Peruvian artist of Chinese and Japanese descent, as he recalls those difficult years of total uncertainty.

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(Photo: Living in Peru/Manuel Maggot)

After graduating from the Faculty of Arts from the Catholic University of Peru, with a specialization in sculpture, he went knocking at numerous doors and art galleries only to be let down. Two years later, he was invited by Spain to a symposium and soon after invitations from Iran, Turkey, Argentina and Chile followed. Five years after having graduated, he made his first exhibit in Lima and has seemingly not stopped since.

That was, until he was forced to take a break in 2012 when his workshop was hit by an intense fire. Ravaging flames devoured everything in their path, including ninety percent of Marcelo’s work. Thankfully no one was injured.

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(Photo: Living in Peru/Manuel Maggot)

Last year, he put out an exhibition by the name of ‘Resilience,’ a name that touches upon the devastating event that shook his life and that of his family. If it hadn’t been for his then three-month old son Ignacio, things would have been different as Marcelo could have taken a bleak path. Thanks to the drive his small son gave him, Marcelo managed to build strength and resilience. The fire made him realize that everything has its moment; that gratitude towards life is important, and that one should enjoy the simple things life has to offer.

According to Marcelo, he grew personally and professionally, his wife and himself became a stronger a couple, and they both began to dedicate more time to their son, Ignacio.

Marcelo enjoys being a father, perhaps it has to do with him never leaving behind his playful side -clearly reflected in all of his work. When he is not working or playing with Ignacio, Marcelo is enjoying himself in the kitchen. His love for gastronomy is quite obvious. It is found in his iconic chubby angel chef, in his creative pieces that adorn several restaurants in Lima and around the world, and in publishing a cook book together with Chef Gonzalo Ferrand. Now he is ready for a new adventure, and will incursion in the gastronomic scene by getting himself involved with three other partners in a project that sells Asian street food. We look forward to that.

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This article was originally published in the June issue of An Extra Shot. To enjoy the entire issue for free, download your e-version here. When the studio of this well-known Peruvian sculptor suffered a tragedy not too long ago, it was his young son that gave him strength to carry on.

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Being well-traveled and living in many parts of the world, gives Roxana great leverage when it comes to food tasting and her love for food is well expressed in her articles