Master's Tea with Mr. Enrique Carbajal (Sebastián)


Sebastián is a globally famous artist who is considered the foremost living sculptor in Mexico. His smaller scale work includes jewelry, sacristies, garden sculptures, and painting. However, he is most known for his monumental structures constructed in iron or concrete, which decorate cities throughout the world, from San Antonio, Texas to Osaka, Japan. He is considering a sculpture for Singapore, perhaps for University Town itself!

When studying in Mexico City, he survived by working at restaurants and buying clothing to sell for a profit. He studied in the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas (National School of Plastic Arts) at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). Persisting with deep appreciation for Henry Moore and Pablo Picasso, he won first award in the 1965 Annual Exposition of the National Plastic Arts School at UNAM.

In 2007 Sebastián designed and built the sculpute "La Gran Puerta de México" (The Gateway to Mexico) in the northeast city of Matamoros.

Maestro Sebastian's website:

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.