Anthony Masina





Anthony Masina was born in Yonkers, NY and grew up in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York State.  He studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY with a concentration in Illustration, and then earned a BFA in Sculpture from SUNY Fredonia.  In 1997 he earned an MFA in Sculpture from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.  He has taught numerous art classes at the college level.

Anthony has worked in a variety of media.  For many years, welded steel was his primary medium, though his sculptures often also contained natural and found objects.  These were representational yet conceptual in nature. More recent sculptures are representational cast bronze animals.  These are small scale, stylized, and highly detailed with attention to line and surface movement. 


These pieces are the first in a planned series of bronze sculptures.  These are representational but stylized animal figures, slightly larger than life size.

Animals are already perfectly designed.  My goal is not to improve upon those designs, but to use the basic form as a basis to create something familiar but different.  Some people sculpt animals by adding gesture or movement to make them expressive.  I prefer to use a solid, formal position as the foundation and then stylize it with a lot of detail, attention to line, and surface movement.  As a result, I believe that they evoke a different feel from what a purely representational, realistic rendering would evoke.  These animal forms are organic but mechanical, a familiar form manipulated with a focus on craftsmanship to have a mechanical feel.  This is also supported by the use of bronze as the final material.

The symbolism associated with animals is very interesting to me.  I also find the natural but mechanical quality of my representations of animals interesting since I think this is a paradox that applies to me personally as well.


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