(b. 1964 San Franciso, California)
Now lives and works in Berkeley
I am a self-taught sculptor who began in 2002. I learned the traditional craft of stone carving by working among the artigiani in Pietrasanta, Italy.
Some of the oldest known works of representational art are carved out of stone. Stone sculpture was perfected through the ages by the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Romans, and the famed sculptors of the Italian Renaissance. How to work with this most ancient matter, and while honoring its noble tradition also express something powerful in a completely new and authentic way? This challenge is what pushes me.
I am driven to give life to stone, an impossibly static material, and to portray the eternal and ephemeral emotions that both bind us together and drive us apart. Using this timeless substance I strive to tell the enduring stories of human interaction and feelings: of conflict and anger, of desire and fear.
Most importantly, I want to capture the moment of greatest tension in each story. I find that by reducing the composition to only the most expressive gestures of a scene, I am able to better highlight the emotional intensity at that climactic point in time. Often the resulting sculpture includes fragments of the figure. Other times, it is something more abstract.
Regardless of the narrative that I am trying to convey, I find that people invariably bring their own story to my pieces. These personal and heartfelt reactions add unexpected richness and meaning to my work.
University of California, Berkeley. BA in Urban Development
2015 Biennale Internazionale d' Arte di Palermo, Sant' Elia Palace, Palermo, Sicily
2015 Casa di Dante Museum, Florence, Italy
Selected Group Exhibitions
2014 La Grande Exposition Universelle, Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
2013 California State Fair
2012-13 Eterno, Two-person exhibition. The McLoughlin Gallery
2013 “Conjoined 3: The Final Chapter,” Copro Gallery, Bergamont Station Santa Monica, California
2012 Visual Poetry. Winner: Best in Show 3D San Joaquin Delta College. LH Horton Jr. Gallery, Stockton, CA
2012 Juried Art Competition, South Arkansas Art Center
2011 SLAM Sculpture Show. San Luis Obispo Museum of Art
2011 No Fooling We Mean It!, The McLoughlin Gallery
2007 City of Santa Clara Biennial Indoor Sculpture Exhibition, Santa Clara, CA
Rachel Bonine. Fog City Journal. Jan 2013. Review
Alan Bamberger. Art Business. Dec 2012. Review
D. Cheng. ArtLtd. May 2011. Review
A. Weltner. New Times. Sept. 2011. Review
RWM. Art Business. April 2011. Review
2013 CA State Fair, Award of Merit and Valley Sculpture Artist Award
Best in Show 3D. San Joaquin Delta College. LH Horton Jr. Gallery, Stockton, CA
2012 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art SECA Award Nominee