• Bronze - an alloy of copper and tin, museum quality, extremely durable and will last for centuries. Bronze sculptures look and feel luxurious and weighty.
• Cold cast copper - resin mixed with 50% copper by weight, then waxed and polished like bronze. This offers a lower priced alternative to bronze, while still producing a sculpture that shines up beautifully and has a solid feel.
• Faux Bronze Resin - architectural strength fiberglass resin finished to have a bronze feel. It offers a lower priced alternative to bronze for sculpture designs that can’t be made with cold cast copper. These sculptures are lovingly cast, and look and feel beautiful and solid, while less weighty than the bronzes. Some resin sculptures are painted and combined with mixed media elements.
Michael Alfano has been sculpting figures, public art, and philosophical pieces for over twenty years. He first studied at the Art Students League of New York with an emphasis on life-size sculpture and anatomy. His formal education continued at Boston University and was augmented by internships with several prominent sculptors. He occasionally teaches sculpture at workshops.
Michael exhibits his work at galleries and other public venues. In juried art shows, he has garnered over 70 awards. His sculptures are found in private collections throughout the world. Monuments and other public art he’s created are on permanent display in the United States, India, and Greece. Newspapers, magazines, books, and television have featured Michael and his work.
Michael Alfano is known for creating figurative and surrealistic sculpture that goes beyond the literal, adapting the human form to convey philosophical ideas and abstract concepts. He cites his major influences as Salvador Dali, Jo Davidson, and Jean-Antione Houdon, as well as Buddhist, Taoist, Sufi, and other eastern philosophy and literature.
“When I dig into the clay, I pull out a vision that previously existed nowhere but inside my head, or some other place I don’t know but am in touch with.”
Sometimes Michael sketches his ideas on paper, but most often sculpts a small model in clay or wax. He typically uses oil-based clay to create the full-size sculpture. This can take anywhere from a few days to many months. Then he works with specialists to make a mold and create castings in bronze, cold cast copper, or resin. After casting a piece, Michael finishes and signs it, numbering the limited editions.