How a tribute to Aztec traditions and Earth elements shaped a niche, turning a glass artist into an industry leader.
I would like to introduce you to one of the greatest glass artists of our time; the designer extraordinaire Ivan Lee Mora. Ivan’s adoration for glass art began as a quest to learn more about his own ancestry. During his travels to Mexico, Ivan’s grandfather initiated him into the bygone Aztec tradition of deep respect for ancient mysticism and its relationship with the cardinal nature of Earth’s elements. Honoring the Aztec legacy, Ivan’s work incorporates earthly elements, like water, air, and my personal favorite- fire. Fashion is another notable influence in his work.
Ivan’s fervor for glass art and fashion joined forces to make him an international success in a very specialized niche – wearable glass fashion couture – where he is renowned for creating truly amazing masterpieces. Ivan’s great expertise in glass craftsmanship is evident in yet another area – architectural glass installations.
Ivan is based in New York but travels all over God’s green earth to showcase his self-made achievements. His works continue to be featured in exhibitions and festivals around the world; some notable mentions include the Bloom Art Festival Koln, SF Design Center, SF Museum of Craft & Design, Michaela Gallery, Stueben Glass NYC, Bortolami Gallery NYC, and Berengo Museum of Contemporary Art in Murano.