Jewellery artist who tells his stories through his jewels
Vicente Gracia was born on March 8, 1961 in a Mediterranean city, melting pot, with a rich gold and silversmith tradition, called Valencia.
Was in his father’s atelier where he discovered the magic of the handmade work, being fascinated by this sublime art and by the colours, brightness, texture and the singular symbolism of the precious stones. His studies in the design, at Massana School, Barcelona, would focus deeply in the knowledge related with different materials such as gold, silver and unknown gems, which will be used with special dedication and effort. All his feelings are involved in this materia. This is the reason why the love he puts in his profession is a whole masterpiece, full of exceptional quality and strong intellectual charge.
To be in touch with their particular and allegorical message, to fnd out the metaphor that each shape has inside, the secret that reveals could be a mystic and philosophical experience. After all, the objective of the jewels is to bring together human beings with The Divine. That is why the jeweler, has been considerate like an alchemist, a wizard, being able to reach The Illumination, the real treasure, being able to cure the human soul.
Suggestive subjects as “El Ave del paraíso” or “El Arbol de la vida” can show his oriental inspiration. Revealing his ability to aproach all the mediterranean coats, like in the past used to do the valencian merchants. Exactly from this ancient and fascinating sea and the cultures which embrace it, he obtains most of his creative stimulus. Through his uniques collections, Vicente Gracia shows his strong Spanish roots, rescuing, a part from the Christian tradition, and the other, from the Arabic, Fenician, Greco-Latin and Jewish legacy, that Spain History has.
Vicente is considerate as one of the most representative artists when it comes to Spanish Design; stand out by Vogue’s Editors for being one of 20Th most prestigious jewelersaround the World. Being awarded with the National Design Award (1986), International jewelery award of the city of Valencia (1988) and with the Spanish National Craftsmanship Prize (2014), he counts with important clients, as well as Offcial Institutions, The Royal Palace.
It is not wonder the capacity that his pieces of art have to communicate optimism, vitality and specially joy, this last characteristic is directly related to the word “Joya”, that means jewelry in spanish…one “Joya” gives “Joy”.