Born 1956 Havana, Cuba
B.A., Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1980
M.F.A., Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 1983
José Chardiet received his MFA from Kent State University, where he was the Artist in Residence in 1985. He has taught at Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Crafts, and the Haystack School of Crafts, and served as Professor of Glass and Sculpture at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from 1991 to 2000. He has received fellowships from the Institute of International Education, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Creative Glass Center of America.
José's work is included in many private and public collections, including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Art Museum, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Yokohama Museum of Art in Japan, and the Musee des Arts Decoratif in Lausanne, Switzerland.
"My most recent work focuses primarily on designing and making glass and metal sculptures using blowing and casting processes. Drawing from topics as diverse as Spanish still-life painting, woodwind instruments, and African art, my goal is to create sculptures imbued with a spiritual and inner life. Using the natural transparency and translucency of the material allows the viewer to look beyond the surface, to get to the core or soul of the sculpture. The interplay between the different glass forms suggests family connections and relationships."
Lowe Art Museum - University of Miami - Coral Gables, Florida
Alexander Tutsek Foundation - Munich, Germany
Ringling Museum of Art - Sarasota, Florida
Telfair Museum of Art - Savannah, Georgia
Museum of Fine Arts - Boston, Massachusetts
Museum of Arts and Design - New York, New York
Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum - Washington, D.C.
American Craft Museum - New York City, New York
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning Glass Center - Corning, New York
Yokohama Museum of Art - Yokohama, Japan
Musée des Arts Décoratifs - Lausanne, Switzerland
The High Museum of Art - Atlanta, Georgia
Detroit Institute of Art - Detroit, Michigan
Mint Museum of Art - Charlotte, North Carolina
Contemporary Art Museum - Raleigh, North Carolina
Asheville Museum of Art - Asheville, North Carolina
Birmingham Museum of Arts - Birmingham, Alabama
University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Project Art - Iowa City, Iowa
Museum of American Glass, Wheaton Village - Millville, New Jersey
Racine Art Museum - Racine, Wisconsin
Cincinnati Art Museum - Cincinnati, Ohio