Percy Salazar-Diaz

Well-renowned in his craft Percy is a self-taught, highly sought after ice sculptor who started his career in ice when he was a chef at the London Savoy hotel. He then moved on to work for a company specialising in ice cubes and sculptures where he was able to gain more commercial experience in his chosen trade.

Percy loves to experiment with different techniques and textures in ice and is always coming up with new ideas in which to carve or present the ice ensuring that PSD Ice Art are always at the forefront of the industry

He is also responsible for training many artists in ice carving all of whom in time have recognised and reached  his own extremely high standards.

Percy, did you always want to be an ice sculptor?

I grew up in a place called Lonya Grande in Peru and have always considered myself to be an artist and sculptor, it’s just something that came naturally to me and has always been a part of who I am. I applied my sculpting skills in the hospitality industry when I moved to the UK carving vegetables, cheese, butter…even salt! Then I moved on to ice and snow. It’s an all-consuming passion.

What sculpture are you most proud of?

That’s a difficult question for me! I can’t pin it down to one sculpture. It’s like asking a painter what his favourite colour’s impossible to define. Every sculpture I make is created with the same attention to detail and I’m proud of everything I’ve created.

What’s next on your agenda?

I would love to travel to the Arctic to create sculptures and experiment with snow and ice….just to see how the wind and weather conditions affect the natural material.

What advice would you give to aspiring artists and sculptors?

Always accept a challenge – it improves your creativity. Have fun (an ice luge helps!). Try things, gain new experiences and surround yourself with people that inspire you.

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