Felix took a rather circuitous route to being a sculptor. He grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, then Paris, France, then Orlando, Florida. He became the world’s youngest stockbroker when he passed the Series 7 exam at 17 years old. He went to college at George Washington University in DC to study finance. He then decided he wanted to be a rock star so he transferred to Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. The rockstar thing didn’t work out, sadly, but he really liked Boston and he ended up getting a job at a cool little gargoyle store on Newbury Street.
He learned how to sculpt and started making architectural ornament to sell at the store. He quit that shop to start his own store in Harvard Square, Cambridge called “Forgotten Arts.”
He sold his sculpture and manuscript books (he did calligraphy, too). He also consigned artists who made chainmail, stained glass, illuminated manuscripts, hand bound books, etc. all arts in danger of being forgotten. After five years he closed the shop and decided to be a professional photographer which he did successfully for fifteen years. He also became a social worker and continues to work with the developmentally disabled population.
One day, not so long ago, his buddy, Ray (who used to make the chainmail at Felix’ shop) called and said, “Hey you should sculpt again and we should make a little online store.” And Felix said, “OK.”
Felix lives in Cambridge with his wife, Sara, and their three children, Irene 21, Ryan 21, and Magali 18. They also have an awesome puppy, Rocket, pictured.
Here are some other important facts about Felix:
-Once Felix was in CVS buying some honey roasted cashews. There was one line at the register and two registers open. When one of the registers became free a lady who wasn’t in line quickly stepped up to make a purchase. Maybe she didn’t realize there was only one line but it’s doubtful. He didn’t say anything, though.
-Felix’ original rock band lost the “Battle of the Bands” in a tiny club in Orlando to a Ratt cover band. But the important thing is that they had fun and nobody got hurt.
-Felix and Sara’s family were walking around in Harvard Square when their six year old daughter, Magali, decided she didn’t want to carry her American Girl doll around and asked Felix to return it to the car for her. As he walked to the car shifting the doll from hand to hand he realized that there is no way for a forty year old man to look cool carrying an American Girl doll through the crowded streets of Harvard Square.
-When Felix was four years old he was examining a bug or something on the ground when his three year old brother peed on Felix’ head. Felix was really upset and ran into the house enraged and crying. When he told his mother and all her dinner guests what happened they all started laughing. But it’s not funny.
-When Felix was eleven his father bought the wrong size bag ties and couldn’t tie a bunch of cables together because the ties were too small. Felix suggested his father try linking two ties together. His father told him he was “pretty smart.”
-Felix has what borders on a disability when it comes to shopping. If Sara sends him to the store to get a box of Cheerios, he will stand in the aisle staring at the wall of choices until it all becomes a huge blur of screaming text and colors. He is unable to differentiate between brands and shapes and names and he quickly becomes paralyzed with overwhelm. Sara does most of the shopping for the family.
Felix and Rocket