Suni Sonqo Vizcarra Wood

Masks of Protection • Mixed-media • 5″ x 7″ x 4.5″

Suni Sonqo Vizcarra Wood (Quechua Nation, Peru) is an artist born in Taos, NM (1996) and raised in the southern Andes of Peru in the Sacred Valley of the Incas of Cusco, immersed in his rich Indigenous culture. His life has taken place in a community of people who, together with his family, are committed to recovering and reactivating the festive, ceremonial, and agricultural calendars of their pre-Columbian tradition. Part of an active network of local and international Indigenous Nations, he is dedicated to preserving their roots while embracing their future, participating in cultural exchanges from a very young age.

He studied sculpture at the Art University Bellas Artes Diego Quispe Tito in Cusco, Peru and is currently getting his BFA in sculpture at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, NM.  He has participated in art shows in Peru and the United States, and has received many special recognitions and awards. His artistic work is in mixed media, focusing on bronze casting. Suni’s inspiration comes from his Quechua ancestry and the wisdom of Andean worldview important in his life. 

Suni is a member of the Kusi Kawsay Educational Community, and a musician of the Kusi Ñan traditional Cusqueña music group. He is a traditional karate practitioner with black belt 2nd Dan, and a certified official tour guide. 

His work transmits messages that awaken a balance between living immersed in this world of modernity without separating from ancestral rots in order to emerge with dignity, and to build a collective destiny. 

In my artistic work I speak about transformation, regeneration and healing with a focus on environmental and social issues, dignifying my people and land by celebrating the beauty and spiritual depth of my culture. I hope to inspire my generation to achieve a balance between living immersed in this world of modernity without separating from our roots in order to emerge with dignity, to build our collective destiny.