I am a Nicaraguan man in love with the silver arts. I was born in Chile in 1971 but life's reasons led me to make Nicaragua my home. My friends refer to me as <i>pelon</i> because I am bald, and they see me as a creative and innovative person.<br><br>My art makes me very happy and I am very grateful to my mother, Monika Fredebrecht, for teaching me with so much patience and love. My mother is a silversmith and I grew up in a jewelry workshop. I've always loved this art form because it allows my imagination to run free. I can imagine a design, then craft it and therefore touch it. This is what is satisfying about this jewelry making. There's no reason for the things that I imagine to stay in my mind - I can materialize them.<br><br>With time, I came to understand how much I love this art form and decided to dedicate my life to it, so I had to drop out of school because, in Nicaragua, becoming a silversmith is not part of the academic curriculum.<br><br>It's not easy being an independent artist and not having a steady income to count on. But it is an adventure, an adventure with many challenges, especially financial and bureaucratic. But freedom compensates for it, and that's what is important.<br><br>What I love most about what I do is seeing people wearing my jewelry designs. It's something I am passionate about though it is also a constant challenge, because it's important that the jewelry adapts to the person wearing it without causing discomfort.<br><br>My other personal challenge is feeling completely satisfied with each new piece - this is rather difficult for us artists as we tend to constantly find details that others might not perceive. However that's what makes each day different - it's a roller coaster of emotions and inspiration.<br><br>Making jewelry is a very personal and interesting art form. It provides work to those who wish to learn it and lets them be self-employed. Jewelry allows us to preserve this millenary art form, which hasn't changed in terms of the creative and crafting processes.<br><br>Thank you, dear friends, for your interest in my story and in my designs.