|Biography from The Marshall - LeKAE Gallery:|
|Jim Vilona’s education and training as a sculptor has been influenced
by his extensive travels to such exotic places as Thailand, Bali,
Brazil and the Amazon, as well as Europe and Central Africa.
Natural inspirations and philosophical reflections combined with his
travels and relationships have inspired Jim, and he seeks to blend them
into each of his pieces of sculpture. He has spent a great
portion of his life training horses, and his horse sculpture
communicates his deep affection for the beauty and grace of the animal.
Through his continuing studies in gemstone and mineral sculpture over
the last 28 years, Jim has developed a keen eye for detail and
understands what emotive elements occur through the balancing of color
with form and content. Creating smaller scale sculpture or
monumental pieces, Jim’s process of design and artistic interpretation
draws from similar principles. Jim’s fascination with color as a
vehicle to communicate artistically has brought him collaborative
engagements with monumental artists in France and Italy.
Utilizing precious metals or silicon bronze, Jim’s ultimate desire is
to evoke emotion and inspire communication and appreciation. He
currently is working with The Public Seating Project in designing
bronze artistic sculpture that will enhance public spaces and inspire
communication between artist and the observer. The Public Seating
Project (PSP) is a privately sponsored organization whose mission lies
in making art more accessible to the public. It is the goal of
the PSP that publicly placed works of art, both interactive and
functional, will encourage the public’s enjoyment of art through
incorporating artistic works into their daily lives.
Vilona was born September 11, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois. He was
admitted to The University of Colorado in 1975. He was a member of the
National Ski Team until 1979. He served a formal Sculpture and
Gem Cutting Apprenticeship until 1983. He has had education
apprenticeshipa in Africa, Italy and Bali.
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