Henry Ferreira’s work is built on a deep respect for craft. Acquired skills absorbed through years of practice are used as methods of exploration to execute content driven pieces. His work has always begun from observation and grown through process. His later work is more direct, process driven and less pre visualized. In his newer work he plays with printmaking to build through matrix and repeat. Coming to the work with an idea it takes shape in the making. The medium, and materials, help shape the piece. He means to balance thinking and making. He strives to intertwine content and form in an effort to grow his work.
He makes his work in the studio he built. It’s located in a two hundred year old farmhouse in Fairhaven, Massachusetts where he lives with his family. He received his MFA from RISD in 1980. He was in the inaugural class at Bristol Community College in Fall River, Massachusetts and earned his BFA in 1972 from Southeastern Massachusetts University now the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. He has been teaching at RISD since 1981 during that time he has taught printmaking in Pont Avon, France, San Miguel and Cuernavaca, Mexico and in Rome, Italy. He presently head’s the Printmaking Department at the Rhode Island School of Design and serves as President of RISD’s Faculty Association/Union.
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