Born in Santiago, Chile. Andrea grew up in a German environment with German and Spanish being her first languages. In her early life she learned to enjoy and respect nature to the fullest as well as her country, its people, culture and history. This interest inspired her to travel extensively throughout Europe, where she lived in Germany at age 16 as an exchange student and later through her native Chile as well as Peru and Bolivia. The travels ignited her interest in ancient cultures, which she had been studying since age 6 when she started taking ceramic lessons with Luz Concha, a well known artist in Chile.
She was accepted at age 18 into the Art School of the Pontifical Catholic University in Chile, where she earned in 1987 a Master Degree in Fine Art with honors. As a student she also worked as a professor’s assistant and participated in many group exhibits.
She and her family moved in 1987 to Angel Fire, NM, where she worked as the Graphic Designer and Draftsperson for the Resort and Complex 7 Inc, an architectural and engineering firm. She also taught part time at the ski school.
They returned to Chile in 1991 where she soon became an Associate Professor as well as the Vice Chair at the Art School of the P. Catholic University, while she taught in the sculpture department and did research work and later also became the head of the sculpture department. In her 17 years as professor she taught classes on Sculpture, Ceramics, Paper Clay Sculpture and Advanced Ceramics among others. One of her research projects is a published book called: “El Arte de la Tierra y el Fuego, Manual práctico para el alumno”, (The art of clay and fire, Students manual). She has also worked in many community projects throughout Santiago, Chile, to create a better environment for low income areas and the underserved as well as teaching at her private sculpture studio Eccos del Barro. Teaching taught her the beauty and sorrow of the human being which became a changing point in her own creative process.
She has participated in more than 30 group exhibits in Chile and Argentina and in 12 solo exhibits in Chile and the USA. Her work can be found in many public spaces as well as private collections in Chile, Argentina, Germany, Brazil, USA, Canada, Spain and The Vatican. She has given many lectures and has been a curator for many exhibits.
Andrea moved to Santa Fe, NM in August 2010 were she married Dr. Dave Gonzales and opened her private sculpting studio and business CeramicAndrea, LLC, where she works, shows her art and also teaches kids and adults to discover the beauty of clay and sculpting. She also teaches group and private lessons at Santa Fe Clay, work that she really enjoys and makes her feel part of her new home, Santa Fe.
In October 2011 was her first exhibit in Santa Fe called “We Koon Em” (New Beginnings) was met with great success. She was awarded with the second place at the International Clay Festival in Silver City in 2013 and has also been part of the juried Contemporary Clay Fair in Santa Fe for many years.
She was commissioned by the historic The Church of the Holy Faith in downtown Santa Fe to sculpt their 14 Stations of the Cross which are there installed permanently. Three more Stations of The Cross can be seen in Santaigo, Chile. One at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chiles San Pablo Church, other at San Francisco de Sales Church and the other one at Church and Parque Las Pataguas.
She was invited in 2016 to be part of New Mexico Potters Org., which has let to many exhibits throughout NM. She was awarded in 2016 best of show at the In House Exhibit at Santa Fe Clay.
2018 was a very busy year with the Celebration of Clay exhibit at Total Art Gallery in Taos where she received the Merit Award as well as the Peoples Choice Award, followed by The Vessel exhibit in Fuller Lodge Art Center in Los Alamos where she also received the Peoples Choice Award, followed by the Resonations in Clay, Life in the Bosque exhibit at the Albuquerque Open Space Center, where she also participated as one of the workshop artists and finally the Old San Ysidro Church Exhibit in Corrales.
She was invited to be one of the Presenters for the NMPCA Ghost Ranch Workshop Gallimaufry 2018 as well as be part of the Board of New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists, being the Chair for the Celebration of Clay Exhibit in 2019
She was the Art Director and one of the 16 participating artists for the Art for Healing project “Always with You”, two tile walls for the Chapel at the new Presbyterian Hospital in Santa Fe..
She will be part of the 2019 Santa Fe Studio Tour, which will take place in June.