Antonio Carro Montiel

Category: Wood carver
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He started ethnographic modelling, creating small-scale models of ‘hórreos’ (typical Galician granaries), mills and farming implements. From 1980 to 1984, he was awarded several photography prizes. In 1984, he founded ‘Yeppa Títeres’, a puppet-theatre company specialized in puppet-making, scenography, small theatres, technical elements, lighting and sound.
He exhibited his ethnographic models all over Spain (León, Madrid, Asturias, Galicia, Guadalajara...) and gave courses on puppet-making and marionettes for children and teachers. He also made advertising and scenography foam rubber elements for ‘Quikilimon’ and ‘Margen’ (theatre companies) and restored giants and figures with huge heads (Vegadeo City Council - Asturias).
He began to work wood with ethnographic motifs and restore wooden furniture. He collaborated with Professor J. María Legazpi (University of Oviedo), giving ideas for his book published by Caja Asturias in 1991.
From 1995 to 2002, he created and elaborated artistic and decorative pieces using wood and other materials. He collaborated with Alfonso Costa (painter and sculptor), designing the trophy for Avilés de Taramancos Literary Contest (2002-2003), organized by Noia City Council (Galicia) and also designed ten wooden and fibreglass sculptures for his exhibition: “A cor da Aire”, Trebellar Gallery, A Coruña (November 2002). In 2002–2003, he created eight ethnographic models for Casa Museo del Agua de Bres (Taramundi - Asturias). In 2005, he restored the three mills of "Muíños do Castelo" Country House in Narahio (A Coruña) and in 2006, he made a model for the Naval Building Museum in Ferrol and restored a carving of Doroña Church (A Coruña).

 Work & Activities

He exhibited his works in Ribadeo (Lugo), Miño (A Coruña), Perbes (A Coruña), Vilarmaior (A Coruña), Sargadelos Gallery (Ferrol), San Feliz de Torio (León), Tapia de Casariego (Asturias), Luarca (Asturias), Grandas de Salime (Asturias), Taramundi (Asturias), Gijón (Asturias), Pola de Siero (Asturias), La Robla (León), Trobajo del Cerecedo (León), San Andrés del Rabanedo (León), Molina de Aragón (Guadalaxara), Almazán (Soria), Ferrol (A Coruña), Pontedeume (A Coruña) and San Feliz de Torío (León).
He has given courses on puppet making and sculpture (1995-2002) and a course on sculpture at the City Council of Vilarmaior (2003-2004, A Coruña).

 Other Interesting Aspects

He was selected at ‘Antonio Fraguas’ Handicrafts Contest (County Council of A Coruña, 2003 and 2006) and participated in several national and international puppet theatre contests (1984-1995; Asturias, Galicia, Madrid, León, Soria, Guadalajara...).
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In 1975, he took up craftwork, making glass and alpaca works and selling them at the flea market in León. He considers himself as an autodidact, attending courses and improving different techniques. From 1976 to 1980, he participated in several courses organized by the City Council and County Council of León. He also collaborated with several ceramists from León to improve different techniques on ceramics (modelling, potter’s wheel, enamels, etc…) and attended classes at the Applied Art School in León.