Paulo Sierrah: Artist, illustrator and beyond

Paulo Sierrah: Artist, illustrator and beyond

I came across Paulo Sierrah’s art through an acquaintance at Selina, and it was great to follow his progress through his Instagram account. Selina officially opened in Huaraz just a few weeks ago, and I was lucky enough to get a tour of the hotel and see the finished art in person. Like my apartment, Selina is in the Pumacayan neighbourhood - the historic, quieter part of Huaraz.

This was the first time Paulo worked with the Selina Hotel franchise. There are already three Selina hotels in Peru, one in Cusco and two in Lima. The interior design and culture caters to the digital nomad, the professional traveller or anyone ready to leave the backpacking travel lifestyle behind.



Puma de los Andes (José Luis Sotelo Montoro): A man who lives and breathes his art

 Puma de los Andes (José Luis Sotelo Montoro): A man who lives and breathes his art

I first met José Luis Sotelo Montoro (Puma de los Andes) at his home a couple of days before my interview. That evening, the night sky was thick with rain clouds, but it held off long enough for us to find his home. For my friend, Marbel, this was the third time she had seen José’s incredible Christmas exhibition (which is actually displayed in his living room) - she even joked that maybe she should get a cut for bringing so many people to see it.

We met again on Sunday, the last night of the display. As I spoke limited Spanish, and he just a little English, Marbel had to be our interpreter. There were plenty of laughs between the serious questions - it was like three friends catching up over drinks.

José has three words to describe his creative expression: Art, freedom and faith. To him, faith is the most important, and without it his art would have no meaning. He has learned to let go of ego, because for him we all work, but not everyone will leave their mark. He believes that the talent isn’t his, for his craft is the medium to express his faith - a gift from God.