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7 top sculptors for hire in 2022

May 2, 2022

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Our team assembled a list of the top sculptors available for hire for custom sculpture & statue requests.

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#1 - Victor Issa

Victor Issa is one of the foremost figurative sculptors in America today and is heralded for his remarkable ability to make bronze appear alive. His artistic hallmark “Creating Living Bronze” is the embodiment of his life focused spirituality, respect for the human figure, love of life, passion for perfection, and undaunted perseverance. Victor has been sculpting professionally for more than 30 years. His works have been featured in shows and exhibitions across America since 1985. Victor’s sculptures are displayed in private and public collections worldwide. Active in the fine arts community, Victor was co-founder and presided as president of the Loveland Sculpture Invitational Show & Sale during most of it’s 23-year history.

#2 - Deran Wright

For over 40 years, Deran Wright has been bringing the imagination to life through sculpture, from the ultra-realistic, to the fantastic. Through the medium of bronze sculpture Deran Wright explores the symbolism, the icons, the myths and legends that are the undercurrent of our society. Iconic images of heroes, dragons, greenmen, fairies, leprechauns, monsters and hobgoblins run deep through humanity's collective psyche. Soaring eagles, wild horses running free, children at play. We surround ourselves with powerful sculptural symbols that inspire and motivate us, and restore our connection to our humanity.

#3 - Phyllis Mantik deQuevedo

Phyllis Mantik deQuevedo makes her home in Oklahoma City, OK. A native of Canada and a graduate of the Alberta College of Art in Calgary, Phyllis moved to the United States in 1981. She believes that her introduction to sculpture was by design. From early experiences of seeing an image take shape from a lump of clay, she has delighted in creating. Out of this personal joy she realizes a responsibility; to create work that adds value to our existence, to evoke a smile; to touch someone’s heart and for a moment to capture an emotion. She sees the transforming experiences in life, such as tenderness, intimacy and spirituality as that which enables artistic growth and provides inspiration for her sculpture. To her, the most powerful art involves the human figure. The inspiration for her current figurative series is flora and focuses on representing botanical forms through metaphors as they relate to human forms and human experiences. Phyllis works in a design and marketing career along with her sculpture studies. She has been exhibiting and selling her artwork since 1991. Her sculptures are held in corporate and private collections throughout the United States and Canada.

#4 - James Sondow

With 35 years of experience and work held in private collections and institutions throughout the US and Internationally, I am the only American graduate from the sculpture department at world’s oldest art academy still dedicated to classical training: The Ilya Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture, and Architecture. I can cast any sculptural piece in different materials with varying costs, weights, and colors. I am trained for varying scales from miniatures to monumental and take a wide range of commissions including: portrait busts, nude and clothed figural compositions, multi-figural composition, children, animals, as well bas-relief sculpture which can be hung on the wall. All can be done in-person or with photographic reference. As native New Yorker, my formal art training began at 12 in the Art Students’ League in NY where I was invited to attend adult classes. After a decade in art schools in New York and another decade, studying, sculpting, and teaching figurative drawing and sculpture in Florence, Rome, Paris, and Saint Petersburg, Russia. I am currently a sculpture and drawing instructor at the Princeton Academy of Art and work at my studio in New York City. An elected member of the National Sculpture Society, my awards include the Rhoda Sherbell Award for Portraiture, the Agop Agopoff Memorial Award for sculpture, and the Gloria Medal at the National Sculpture Competition held at the New York Academy of Art.

#5 - Sarah Hempel Irani

Sarah Hempel Irani has been sculpting expressive figures in clay, bronze, and stone for over twenty years. Originally from Michigan, she moved to Maryland to apprentice with the former artist-in-residence at the Washington National Cathedral.  Sarah recently installed a 7’6” bronze monument to fashion icon, Claire McCardell, in a city park in Frederick, Maryland. Previously, she sculpted two larger-than-life-sized marble saints, now in the sanctuary at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in the Washington, D.C. suburbs. Sarah has been a visiting artist and speaker at Ave Maria University, Grove City College, Slippery Rock University, Covenant College, the Rotary “Pathways to Peace” Conference, as well as numerous religious and civic organizations. In addition, she has been a guest on the “United Lutheran Seminary Explores”, “Makers & Mystics”, and “Living from the Soul” podcasts. Sarah’s work has been featured in Women’s Wear Daily, Threads, Baltimore Magazine, and several local news stations and magazines. She lives with her husband, their daughter, and a border collie named Tom Sawyer in a tiny brick house near Washington, DC. When she’s not working in the studio, Sarah is digging in the garden, planning her next travel adventure, or listening to Brahms.

#6 - Nina Winters

Nina Winters was born in New York City and schooled at the College of Fine Arts and Architecture at Cornell University, the School of Visual Arts, Parsons School of Design and Hunter Graduate School. She began her career as an artist in the field of paint and color. She made the cross to three-dimensional art after having a vision of monumental sculptures enduring through time as positive communications to society. Today she makes this vision a reality. Nina created a 7 1/2′ X 9′ monumental commission, “The Galactic Samurai/Confrontation of Evil”, which was installed at the private residence of the Senior Vice President and Global Chief Technology Officer of PepsiCo. She recently spent three months in South Africa creating a 6′ x 10 1/2′ monumental  “Coeur de Lion” for the Castle Kyalami near the city of Johannesburg. Her work in bronze brings forward her sophisticated knowledge of the use of color that she developed in her painting years. She uses patinas in powerful ways to convey the stories she tells of the human potential. Working from her studios on the waterfront of Clearwater, Florida and in the forest of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, she creates sculptures that are unique solutions for corporate, home and hotel architecture as well as monumental works for urban and country environments. Her clients include corporate officials from Paine Webber, the Wall Street Group, Hiram Walker, American Express, Lionhead Studios, Ltd. (Peter Molyneux), and PepsiCo. Her work is in major collections in the United States, Canada, England, Africa and Australia – including the private collections of celebrities such as Chick Corea (Grammy Award winning jazz musician), Howard McCrary (Grammy Nominee music producer), Joseph Shabalala – Lead singer of the Grammy award winning band Ladysmith Black Mambazo (backup on Paul Simon’s Graceland album), and David Campbell (Grammy Award and Oscar winning arranger). Her bronze work is featured in the Paramount film “Kiss the Girls” starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd.

#7 - Harold Kalmus

Harold Kalmus received his BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art, concentrating on the study of sculpture, art theory and anatomy, studying under the tutelage and mentorship of the noted sculptor and anatomist Walter Erlebacher. He has kept an active studio practice, producing sculpture which incorporates a modernist sensibility with an adherence to the figurative traditions of the past. His work has been shown in numerous galleries and museum exhibits and is included in many private collections. Currently, in addition to his studio work he is engaged in the completion and preparation for publication of the manuscript “On the Figure”, a comprehensive method of the study of the figure for artists by Professor Erlebacher, left incomplete at the time of his death. In addition to his work as a sculptor, he is an accomplished digital illustrator and animator. He lives and maintains his studio in the historic community of Arden DE.