Student Spotlight: Emiliano Cerna-Rios

Northern Clay Center community student Emiliano Cerna-Rios maintains a studio in Northeast Minneapolis and is an avid runner and cyclist. His first training in art was in painting. 

He began to experiment with three dimensional work in the winter of 2016, which led him to take his first class at NCC, “…just out of curiosity.” The handbuilding class he enrolled in grabbed his imagination and he has been working in clay ever since!

He describes the work he makes and the work he enjoys as tactile and speculative, “I’m beginning to see the influence of working with clay on my painting practice and vice versa.”

Stop by and say hello to Emiliano in Studio C sometime. Check out his latest creations and ask him about his upcoming painting project at an artist-run gallery in South Minneapolis. 

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