Andres Amador was born in San Francisco to political activist parents. He attended University of Alaska at Fairbanks and graduated from University of California at Davis in Environmental Sciences. After 3 years of Peace Corps service in Ecuador developing conservation curriculum, Andres returned to San Francisco, soon becoming involved in the Burning Man and underground arts and music cultures. During this time, what started as decor for music festivals developed into his signature mixed-media light sculpture installation series. These evolved into the large-scale, site specific installations using locally sourced, biodegradeable materials, most often done on beaches. Creating artwork commissions has taken Andres all around the United States and the world. In his current project he is documenting other ephemeral artists. Andres lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada with his wife and young child.
The focus of my work for the past 15 years is the ever-evolving Earthscape Art series, inspired by my study of calligraphy, ancient architecture, and science of all disciplines. The artwork on beaches can span over 100,000 feet (~35,000 sqmt), achievable only during low tide when the beach is revealed. With tight time constraints and big goals, I am posed with the question: ‘How does one create from within that which one is creating?’ Exploring this concept of self-creation has brought me to investigate natural and human-devised systems of structure and growth. My artworks do not last long- within minutes of finishing a piece, and often while still in progress, the returning tide begins resetting the canvas. Through this artform I have come to value the contemplative act of creation for its own sake. The entire act becomes a meditation of being in the moment, of celebrating and being at peace with life- and death. My wish is for the viewer to experience a sense of wonder, immediacy, and appreciation for the fleeting aspects of our lives.