Artist’s statement Working with clay affords me the opportunity to achieve an intimacy with each aspect of my work, to deepen personal involvement with each of my characters.
Biography: Natalia Shapira SCA ARTIST'S APPROACH Born near the Ural Mountains of Russia, Natalia Shapira’s talent as a sculptor has taken her artistic career to an international level. Natalia first formal artistic training at the Sverdlovsk College of Arts (1983-1987) qualified her as a teacher of sculpture and drawing. In 1989 Natalia was accepted to Russia Krasnoyarsk University to be classically trained in sculptural art (1989-1994). Participating in several major exhibits, even before the end of her artistic training, Natalia’s successful career as an independent artist has already begun. Cultured in the classic approaches to sculpting, Natalia’s work has achieved universal appeal. In response to her wide acceptance, Natalia took her artistic career to Tel-Aviv, Israel (1996-1999). Working within artistic communities in Israel, Natalia was active in restoration, drawing, and of course, sculpting. Arriving in Canada in 1999, Natalia’s talent was immediately celebrated. Shortly after her arrival, Natalia attained a close relationship with several Canadian galleries where her sculpted works are now on permanent display. With her ever-increasing success Natalia’s original sculptures have earned their place in both international art exhibitions and private collections across North America. Mastery of form and commitment to her own style is what defines Natalia Shapira’s work. Though every proportion and gesture is considered with precision, there is a true freedom about the style in which she applies to her sculpted nudes. Their full and fantastic forms reflect the carefree feeling about them. Possessing a dream-like quality, they are truly embodiments of the artist’s imagination. Working on a small scale in natural materials lends a sense of intimacy to her sculptures. These robust figures also possess a confidence, which spurs a sense of admiration in the viewer; an admiration that marks Natalia Shapira’s sculptures as undeniably attractive. In 2004 was admitted to Society of Canadian Artists . Natalia Shapira currently lives and works in Toronto. EXHIBITIONS 2004 Dolphin Gallery, Maui, Hawaii 2004 The Catto Gallery, London, UK 2004 Magic Door Gallery, Sunderland, Ontario 2004 New York Art Expo, New York, NY 2004 Galerie d’Art Yves Laroche, Montreal, Quebec 2003 Tay River Gallery, Perth, Ontario 2003 Eclectic Art Objects Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA 2003 Bev’s Fine Art, Raleigh, NC 2003 New York Art Expo, New York, NY 2002 Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Quebec 2002 New York Art Expo, New York, NY 2002 The Veni Vidi Gallery, Port Perry, Ontario 2001 New York Art Expo, New York, NY 1999 “From Artist to Community”, Moscow, Russia 1997 4th Annual Art Show, Tel-Aviv, Israel 1993 Homeland, Krasnoyarsk, Russia 1993 Regional Exhibition of Sculpture, Yekaterinburg, Russia PRIVAITE COLLECTIONS Mrs. Judy Pedersen Corona Del Mar, CA Mrs. Gillian Catto London, UK Mrs. Gretel Boose Port Perry, Ontario Mrs. Joan Yerema Sunderland, Ontario Mr. Barry Lyon Toronto, Ontario Mrs. Lillian E. Stupp Toronto, Ontario Mr . Yoav Pour Tel – Aviv , Israel Mr. George Lopez Toronto, Ontario Mr. Jack Lockhead Toronto, Ontario Mr. & Mrs. Paul & Charlotte Braithwaite London, England LIST OF GALLERIES Dolphin Gallery, Maui, Hawaii The Catto Gallery, London, UK Galerie d’Art Yves Laroche, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Eclectic Art Objects, Pittsburgh, PA, USA Bev’s Fine Arts, Raleigh, NC, USA
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