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Mandinga de Capoeria ::   Kurtzman

Mandinga de Capoeria

Bronze h: 21 x w: 20 x d: 11 in

Kurtzman

Born in San Francisco in 1970, the son of an architect and an interior designer, Kurtzman's road to a sculpting career took several that brought him from enchantment with music and dance, mythology and storytelling through animation and filmmaking during his early twenties.

In Kurtzman's earlier 'profession,' he directed high-end animation for the major broadcast networks alongside AOL and Disney. His independent animated short films have been screened at over thirty international film festivals, including Cannes, Sundance and the Smithsonian Institution, with broadcast throughout European, Africa, Japan and Australia.

Picking up on a wealth of technical sculpting, mold making, camera and lighting skills from top commercial talent in the entertainment industry from LA to New York and abroad, the commercial experience is evident - as well as a valuable asset in his work today. Not only are the sculptures available in the sizes detailed here, they can also be seen in 'monumental' form across sculpture parks and museums around the world.

"My sculptures are created from intuition, discipline and a journey of self-realization. My intellectual understanding of what I create, develops long after the intuitive execution of the work."

Employing a forced perspective technique - as have sculptors throughout history - enlarging the head, torso and shoulders to create the illusion of correct proportions when seen from below, Kurtzman's sculptures make welcome the society's displaced archetypes of nature, gender balance, fertility and virility.

Creating sculpture throughout all of these phases, which he has synergized sculpting the seminal "Wendy's Shoes," defining his signature sculpture concept and style. Kurtzman's involvement and exploration of dance and music was a way to expand the metaphysical consciousness of his work. He sculpts in clay and casts in bronze, believing his sculpture will stand the test of time - and that, the 3000 year longevity of bronze is an antithesis to our culture of the disposable....

"Sculptors throughout the ages have employed a forced perspective technique, enlarging the head, torso and shoulders of monuments to create the illusion of correct proportions when seen from below. Michelangelo sculpted David with a forced perspective, making the top of the monument proportionally bigger to great effect."

Kurtzman has a Bachelor's degree in Studio Art from the University of California Santa Barbara and continued his studies at the New York Academy of Art, the San Francisco Academy of Art. He has also taught as an adjunct instructor at the Art Institute of Portland. Widely traveled, he has visited the great art institutions and museums of the United States, Europe, Cuba - currently residing in Brazil.