Hi, I am Walter Munoz, the artist behind One Heart.
My life began in a small hamlet on the banks of the river Los Patos (named for
the ducks that fill its waters) in Guatemala. Growing up surrounded by the
natural and historic wonders of Guatemala – its jungles, lakes, mountains and
ancient Maya ruins - was a wonderful environment for the beginning of an
artist’s life. I still draw inspiration from this landscape when I create my
My jewellery is made in the artisania tradition. Artisania is a collective art -
the designs are not representative of any one country or culture, but rather
embody influences that travelling artisanos pass amongst each other and the
changing surroundings they experience as they travel and work.
I have been working professionally as an artisano jewellery artist for ten
years. My love for travel and experiencing new cultures makes creating jewellery
in the artisania tradition my perfect form of expression – creating my jewellery
does not require any specialist tools or equipment beyond my own creativity and
a pair of scissors, which can travel with me wherever I go.
Along with travel, my love for surfing is also a big inspiration in my work.
Many pieces reflect a bohemian surf style that is rooted in my passion for the
ocean as a competitive surfer. Natural elements found in and near the ocean and
lakes where I surf often find themselves in my work.
I create my jewellery in my studio in downtown Toronto, Canada, and sell my work
from my shop in Kensington market, along with other locations worldwide. I love
to travel throughout the province in the summer months and can be found at many
art festivals throughout Ontario – stop by my shop or table and say hi!