When Andy Vasquez was five years old, nearly the only thing he talked and cared about was dinosaurs. Then came whales and sharks, then alligators, crocodiles, and gharials (the crocodilian family). These stages were followed by Power Rangers, then various sports, and eventually Andy became enthralled with skateboarding at about 12. Through skateboarding and devouring as much knowledge as he could about it, he came to find a side interest in drawing and painting through emulating skateboard graphics. Somehow, this interest in art resulted in moving into the three-dimensional and functional medium of furniture making-the current interest bordering on obsession.
Andy earned degrees in Art Education and Furniture Design at Kutztown University. Instead of looking for a teaching job, he decided to go to Eindhoven, the Netherlands, for a non-paid internship with designer Nacho Carbonell. The six month internship proved to be very educational and a great time. What was ironic was that while working in Nacho’s highly experimental and sculptural studio, Andy came to the realization that he wanted to make simple, functional, yet interesting reclaimed furniture.
A few months after returning home from overseas, he started renting a workshop and gathering tools as he could afford them. He currently spends as much time as possible in that shop building commission pieces for customers or working on his own designs.
Andy still skateboards and talks about gharials quite a lot, though.