My name is Michael Stefanovich, I was born in Salzburg, Austria. I studied at the Art Students league of New York, Parsons School of Design, and the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York. I am an artist working primarily in sculpture. I follow the abstract, anthropomorphic tradition. My influences are Noguchi, Arp, Brancusi and Moore. I am interested in art theory and the philosophy of art. I believe as an artist one needs to be aware of history and traditions as well as be open to new ideas and be in touch with oneself. It is also necessary to hone one’s craft. By having lived in Europe and the United States as well as traveling to various countries I have been able to study different periods and cultures and been able to appreciate the strength in all of these. Art like music has its rules, but it is the application of these rules in improvisation that allow you to discover something new and the underlying truth of things. I have a background in science and medicine which further increases my drive to explore and understand things and I have been always interested in form. While exploring form I try to re-create thoughts, experiences, and feelings as well as concepts that have been important to me in a specific moment of my life. The exploration is focused but playful and takes into account the material utilized. Designs for the sculpture start out as pre- or subconscious and then are worked out according to my personal sense of aesthetics and craftsmanship. While pursuing my ideas I attempt to heighten the ability of the material to assist in expression of these. My primary focus is on balance; light and shadow, mass and space, line and curve, gravity and texture.
The ideal finished piece will have good balance and therefore will work as a whole. The balance of the opposing forces should ultimately pull the form together, at the same time containing energy which gives the piece a sense of life.
I invite the viewer to explore the lines, curves, change of life and shadow and to enjoy what I was able to enjoy while working on the piece and create their own personal experience.
I work out of a studio in Ridgewood, NY. Some of my sculptures are in private collections, have been utilized for film sets such as the set design for “What happens in Vegas” by 20th Cty Fox, and have been exhibited in corporations, among others Hugo Boss headquarters, New York.
1717 Troutman Street, #211
Ridgewood, NY 11385
Tel. 917-741 0598