Born in Colombia in 1940, Hugo and his sixteen brothers and sisters immigrated to Santa Monica, California in 1955 to pursue a life of opportunity. Unfamiliar with the the foreign language and culture, Hugo found comfort in arts and crafts.
As his understanding of the culture increased, so did his success. His unique and attractive work with wood and stained glass earned him high profile clients and movie stars. Hugo's passion and interests at a time when Southern California's art culture was booming also led him to become a founding member of the famous Venice Beach drum circle and LA's renowned Renaissance Fair with then friend, Jim Hensen of “The Muppets” fame.
After a successful stint on the West Coast, Hugo made his dream of a private, quiet life in the mountains a reality. Now a Vermont resident for over 25 years, Hugo draws his inspiration from the nature and changing seasons that surround him. He specializes, but is not limited to, hand-carved natural scenes and landscapes.
In Hugo's Hobbit-hole of a home, you can find anything from 8 foot tall double door landscapes to elaborate candle holders made out of recycled dog food cans.
Hugo often describes himself as “the luckiest man in the world”, never taking for granted his riches in love, family, and nature.
The Mesa Home and Gallery
The Mesa family resides in a self built cabin nestled in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Their beautiful home , but also the surrounding grounds are a continually changing gallery of Hugos' work.
The Mesa home also doubles as Hugo’s personal gallery and is open to the public. Feel free to visit while touring the Mesa property. Thank you for your interest! Please give us a call if you'd like to come by.
“Happiness [is] only real when shared”
―Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild