Javier Ribeyrol – 2018 Brinton Leather Show
Ribeyrol was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1977. After graduating from the San Martin College in Berazategui, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ribeyrol started studying the art of silversmithing from Silversmith Fernando Rivalora, at the Municipal School of Arts in Berazategui. Subsequently he studied under Silversmith David Zaco, learning the art of sculpting and chiseling in silver.
Ribeyrol’s non-traditional style and creative talent are recognized by his distinctive hand cut and deeply-sculpted pieces that highlights bold floral motifs in his silver. The chiseling and engraving of floral patterns adds a unique beauty to his style.
Ribeyrol has mentored several aspiring silversmith from his shop in the town of Platanos in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He believes in the concept of apprenticeship as a means to educate and safeguard the Gaucho’s cultural legacy. Therefore, he has been participating as an instructor at the Municipal School of Arts in Berazategui, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Education, training aspiring silversmith willing to learn the art of sculpting and chiseling silver.
Since 1997 Ribeyrol has participated in trade shows and exhibits in Argentina in furtherance of public education and to ensure the continuing enhancement of his chosen craft. His silverwork has been exhibited at “Salon Nacional de la Creatividad Artesanal” in Berazategui and the “Exposicion de Agricultura, Ganaderia e Industria Internacional” and the“Feria de Nuestros Caballos” sponsored by the “Sociedad Rural Argentina” in Buenos Aires. Furthermore, he was invited to the first trappings show “Manos de la Patria” in Mar del Plata, in commemoration of the bicentennial of the Republic of Argentina in 2010.
Since 2008 Ribeyrol participates in The Trappings of Texas hosted by Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. He also participated in the Art of the Cowboy Maker contest in Loveland, Colorado and the exhibition at the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Furthermore, in 2013 Ribeyrol participated in the inaugural Trappings on the Llano sponsored by the Llano County Historical Museum in Llano, Texas.