In 1985 I arrived from Mexico to Oregon with a plan to learn English and head to Europe. I soon knew I needed more time in Oregon so I decided to stay and pursue an education in the arts. Starting at Lane Comm. College to learn English I moved on to the Photography Dept. at the University of Oregon where I earned a BFA. I was then invited to pursue a scholarship in the Sculpture Dept. and received a MFA two years later.
While making sculpture at the U of O I was able to incorporate my experiences from my Mexican culture into my work creating a symbiosis with my past and present experiences. After graduation I traveled in Europe with my fiancé and we were exposed to the incredible abundance of European art and history. We eventually returned to Portland to start our dreams of being ‘artists’. I soon found employment teaching photography at Clack Community College in Vancouver, WA and we started a photography studio in Portland.
In 1994, I was invited to teach Sculpture at Portland Community College, Rock Creek campus. The experience of transforming students with my enthusiasm about sculpture made teaching a fulfilling way to give back.
Connecting with my heritage compelled me to interact with the arts in Mexico and in 1997 I traveled South to create ‘The 11 × 11 Sculpture Show’ with Devin Laurence Field and Kim Campbell. Eleven Mexican and eleven Oregon sculptors exhibited at prestigious locations in Mexico and Oregon.
In the years since, I’ve focused on creating public art works that create a sense of place with an aura of playfulness and a nod to inclusion.
Between active sculpturing I am also one of the principal photographers at a boutique photography studio - Campbell Salgado Studio in Portland, Oregon.