Artists ~ Steve Duque ~ Providence

Artist’s name: Steve Duque
Shop name: Duque Skate Art
Facebook: Duque Skate Art

update: Duque Skate Art was featured on The Rhode Show!

1. Tell us about your work
All of my work is handmade from repurposed skateboards. I upcycle used/broken skateboards into functional Art such as Pens, Key Chains, Earrings, Necklaces, Key Racks, Back Scratchers, Coasters, Magnets, etc.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
Ever since I was younger I have always been attracted to art, especially color and design. I've always been fascinated by colors and abstraction. Since then I have always wanted to create.

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
My initial inspiration came from watching a Documentary Film by Landscape Architect Janne Saario titled “Second Nature”

I noticed he had worked with stripes of skateboard in the film and was inspired to try it myself using my own decks. Another incredible artist that is a huge inspiration is Haroshi. Japanese wood sculptor Haroshi specializes in creating three-dimensional art pieces from used and broken skateboard decks.

4. What’s your favorite item to create?
My favorite item is the SkatePen. I made the first SkatePen on Sept 28th, 2012. They are all one of a kind pieces with stories behind them. The scratches that are visible on the wood can not duplicated, they all come from the original owner doing tricks while skateboarding.

5. What’s your best seller?
My best sellers are SkatePens, Earrings, and Key Chains.

6. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
All my life! I was born in Providence, and I grew up in Cumberland. In 2010 I moved to Downcity Providence.

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
I love how artistic RI is, I love that it’s referred to as “The Creative Capital”. RI has a little bit of everything and lots of history that really makes the state that much more interesting.

I am so proud to be a Rhode Islander and excited to have the opportunity to start my business here. If there’s one thing that I want people to know about Duque Skate Art it is that it was initiated and established in RI.

8. Please include anything else you’d like to add:
For anyone who is interested in making Art, I recommend letting people see your work as much as possible. I think it is really important to develop a strong work ethic. Always continue to work and build your portfolio, share your work – listen to other people’s opinions – remember that you don’t have to agree with everything they say, but you do need to be able to talk about your work and learn from the experiences. Don’t be scared and just get out there, try things out. Don’t allow yourself to be isolated!


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