Kensington street artist Roberto Lugo lands art at Philadelphia Museum of Art

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Roberto Lugo is a potter whose work represents the Kensington neighborhood where he grew up.

His work combines traditional European and Asian ceramic arts, highlighting iconic public figures and designs from his Afro-Latin heritage.

“I tend to show people of color who are historically underrepresented in these avenues that are traditionally meant to pay homage to important people,” says Roberto.

Growing up, he didn’t have many opportunities for creativity, so he turned to street art.

“One of the really interesting things was how often this graffiti is covered up. However, other things were not fixed,” says Roberto.

One of his first jobs happened to be across the street from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Now his work is part of the museum’s permanent collection.

His work has also been featured in museums across the country, including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Roberto’s commitment to the arts often takes him back to Kensington as he provides students with the skills and resources to get involved.

“I’m trying to break down some of the obstacles and barriers that are there to getting started,” says Roberto.

He sets a good example that artistic careers are possible and worthwhile.

After earning his Master of Fine Arts from Penn State, Roberto is now a professor at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art.

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