Glen Lavezzi, sculptor, has always gravitated toward 3D art. He studied classical music at Kansas State University with an emphasis in History of the Renaissance & Reformation. Later, Lavezzi studied figurative bronze sculpture under master artist, Vala Ola, and at the Scottsdale School of the Arts. Another strong influence, Lavezzi studied wtih Philippe Faraut at his NY studio and Colorado.
"We all have a sense of how things should be, a universal sense of beauty. I believe that art connects people; it sets that energizing intention. It lifts our spirits…Sculpture is my attempt to illuminate a fleeting moment in time to capture that beauty of the human condition in a permanent medium."
Lavezzi’s influences range from myth and story, music and dance, to being a father—as well as his studies in Renaissance history. He admires such greats as Michael Angelo and Bernini because of their ability to convey moments of pain and ecstasy; to answer questions of character.
Over time, Lavezzi has moved from mythical themes to portrait busts, and in 2017 to 2019, completing an intimate series on the Dancer. Both men and women, these forms of intense pose are combined with instruments like the cello or impossibly delicate falling scarves. About twenty-four inches in height, they are cast in limited numbers and come in a range of patinas from bronze to iron oxide and titanium. They seem to breathe as the dancers taught muscles hold their pose indefinitely. They are like living music.
When he's not teaching the Human Torso class and the Human Bust class, Lavezzi is working on a new series for 2020. It's called “Women Who Inspire” including such American Political figures as Sheris Davis, Omar Omar, and RBJ.
Find the Glenn Lavezzi studio in downtown Overland Park at InterUban Arthouse.