Giuseppe Palumbo’s whimsical, anthropomorphic sculptures delve into the human psyche through irony, wit and humor. By applying classical techniques to his contemporary subjects, Giuseppe’s textured and spirited bronzes embody the essence of each being he portrays. The surprising humanization of common animals urges the viewer to identify with the creatures and forge surprisingly intense emotional connection with the artwork, shattering not only the barriers between viewer and artwork, but between human and beast.
In addition to Giuseppe’s renowned collection of animals, Giuseppe pushes the boundaries of the human experience even further with his exploration of shapes and objects. From small people balancing precariously on ledges, to seashells and boats that have sprouted legs, Giuseppe’s sculptures trigger introspection within the viewers, pushing his audience to view themselves within the more serious, yet often still slightly zany, artwork.
Born in Rochester, NY, Giuseppe began his sculpting career in 1992. Curious and continuously seeking new techniques and teachers, he travelled to Pietrasanta, Italy, in 2005, where sculptors have traveled to since the days of Michelangelo. Giuseppe’s whimsical sculptures can be found in many public and private collections throughout the world, including Queen Raina of Jordan’s private collection.
In the eyes of Giuseppe:
“Giving breath to a fistful of clay or pulse to a crucible of molten metal defines art for me. I strive to add the intangible that words inadequately describe as soul.”
“Sculpting is the natural progression of decades of designing and building architectural projects. The components that make each successful remain constant: concept, proportion, aesthetic, execution.”
“The natural world is a source of inspiration and knowledge of proportion.”
“With a foundation in classical objective training, my interest is not to replicate an object or being but to create a spirit or archetype FELT as well as seen. I am curious by the unheard voice beyond the academic, believing that true knowledge is a subjective process from within.”