Thursday, March 25, 2010
Artist - John de Andrea
John De Andrea is an American sculptor associated with photorealistic depictions of the human figure. He is known for extremely realistic polyvinyl or polychromed bronze casts of the human figure, most often female.
While in Albuquerque, DeAndrea began to use fiberglass to make life casts of body parts. He dropped out of UNM and returned to Denver, where he soon produced the signature work that would bring him worldwide recognition. The first sculptures to anticipate his mature style were realistically cast nude figures finished in automotive paint--just like kayaks. But soon DeAndrea was carefully blending latex acrylic paint into realistic flesh tones, making his sculptures look more and more like real people.
De Andrea received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder and studied at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque on an art scholarship, 1966–8. He was born in Denver, Colorado on November 24, 1941 and currently resides there.
While most of what I was able to find online was female sculptures, I was able to find at least one male. This is good, because I was beginning to think De Andrea was just a really big perv. As with most art that I am viewing through these entries, I feel extremely limited by the thumbnail sized pictures. Most art that I have seen in person is SO MUCH better than an image representation. I would really love to see one of these sculptures in person... as creepy as they may be.