In the Pierce Gallery during November . . .
My hands are drawn to sculpt people – heads, figures, and symbolically, all of humanity. The expression in a brow or bowed head is incredibly powerful. A bit of clay placed here or there on a well-sculpted piece speaks volumes. Creating and exploring faces brings me closer to understanding myself and others in a fundamental, nonverbal way.
I love to take my art beyond the literal, adapting the figure to convey philosophical ideas and abstract concepts. When I dig into the clay, I pull out a vision that previously existed nowhere but inside my head, or some other place I don’t know but am in touch with. Forms emerge. I work around the sculpture, making lines of movement to draw the viewer to the next angle.
I aim to make great art. Art can powerfully affect people, can make anyone see the world differently, can generate discussion and bring about change. The best art relates to the everyday to cause people to experience, think, and understand life more fully. In the end, the things I create define my life.
A professional sculptor for over fifteen years, Michael Alfano creates fine Art bronzes, portraits, and monumental works that are figurative-based, philosophical and evocative. His sculptures are in galleries, private collections, parks, and museums worldwide. He first studied sculpting the figure from the model at the Art Students league of new York and has continued with master classes. In juried exhibitions, Michael has earned over fifty awards, including the designation “Sculptor of the Year”.