Teddy Carrasco was born in 1933 in La Paz. He first became interested in fine arts in the late 1950s when he came in contact with pre-Columbian art during archaeological excavations. Later on he began to expand his knowledge and explore the use of different sculpture materials: granite, marble, steel, cement and bronze. Carrasco is known for his sculptures of monumental proportions in public spaces. He had several individual and group exhibitions and participated in sculpture symposia in Europe, America and Asia. He received numerous awards for his work. Since 2003 he has been living and working in Saurat, France.
Carrasco’s sculpture cannot escape the comparison with the figural tradition of pre-Columbian art, which it nevertheless infuses with the freshness of more modern approaches. The stylised and figural compact sculpture of a couple hugging finds its compositional balance with the “Moore” void in the middle. The work also reminds us of the early explorations by Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi (The Kiss, 1907). Carrasco was able to draw upon the specific features of his material even when he observed how light affects the surface of Istrian stone in relation to details. The harmony between the spectator, the environment and the sculpture is additionally reinforced by the position of the sculpture, which sits on a mound and can therefore also be observed from the bottom up, “da sotto in sù”.