Kukuli Velarde
Philadelphia, PA
2009 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Kukuli Velarde borrows from pre-Columbian ceramic traditions to create fantastical clay figures that confront contemporary topics such as gender and identity issues and socio-political concerns. She left her native Peru at 22 and received an MA from Hunter College in New York in 1987.

Portrait photo courtesy Doug Herren.
  • Artwork by Kukuli Velarde
    Native Hysteric Macuarra. Vulnerable, defenseless. A fascinating prey. She gets scared easy, Mixteca PerĂº, AD 1250-1500, 2006; photo courtesy Doug Herren
Artwork by Kukuli Velarde