World renowned artist and sculptor, Lorenzo Ghiglieri, has creations gracing the most prestigious museums and art collections around the world. The White House, Vatican, Kremlin and the Royal Palace in Madrid are just a few. His sculptures and paintings have been presented to Ronald Reagan, Al Gore, Mikhail Gorbachev, Pope Paul II, Queen Elizabeth, Michael Jackson and Luciano Povarotti. Raised in Southern California on the fringe of a ghetto, Lorenzo was the son of an Italian sculptor and a French artist mother. He grew up in a world of ethnic blends that enriched his understanding of world culture. After receiving formal art training, Lorenzo went forward on his own to study the Old Masters. At the age of 17 he was awarded a prestigious art scholarship, at 20 was working on national accounts and by 22 was commissioned to paint what became a gift from the United States to Great Britain for Queen Elizabeth’s coronation.
Over the next few years, Lorenzo won numerous national awards in design and illustration and, after a nationwide search, was invited to paint scenes for the international biblical epic, “Earth: Theater of the Universe”. During this two-year period of solid devotion, Lorenzo produced a spectacular 100-foot rendition of the earth’s history according to biblical tradition that incorporated close to 400 figures, most of which were posed and painted from life. The result of his inspiration has been thrilling thousands who have attended gallery and screen presentations of his work.
In 1994 Lorenzo sculpted the Official “American Bald Eagle” in bronze, silver and gold which is part of the permanent collection at the White House. More recently, he created a 33 foot tall bronze eagle, “Skookum Hyak” (Power Surge), that dominates the entrance of a resort in Oregon.
Lorenzo’s work is eloquent, strong and original. Though he mourns the tragedy of vanishing cultures and disappearing wildernesses, and considers himself the biographer of remarkable and irreplaceable peoples and ways of life, his work is positive and uplifting in its celebration of endurance. Deeply ingrained in Lorenzo is the will to preserve, protect and prolong contemporary America’s western heritage. Lorenzo is one of the few white men welcomed into the community of Eskimos as a brother. He has trapped in the mountains, hunted in the Yukon and fished the white water of many western rivers. Each sculpture, each painting that emerges from Lorenzo’s studio is a documentation of personal experience that makes a statement of wild beauty, glowing with vitality, hinting at immortality. Lorenzo’s work will endure. It exists as a record of the past, a lesson for the present and a hope for the future.
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