NEAL BARAB

Organic abstraction for gardens, public spaces and interiors.
Natural marble of deep color. Olive wood from my own trees.
Translucent white statuario.
No, not white, I must add color. I paint, blend, scratch, and texture the sculpture until it is completely resolved, not as a marble sculpture, but as a work of art. Additive and reductive, constantly carving, adding stone, cutting, painting, refinement.
Singular personalities carved into stone. Unique figures, made in our contemporary 21st century world out the oldest and most traditional of sculptural materials. Figurative in the ancient tradition, yet as contemporary as the anime my children watch on their computers, pads and phones.
This is humorous, satiric work, but deeply serious.
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Vita
After studying at UC Santa Cruz, in California, I came to Pietrasanta, Italy, for what I thought would be a year of carving marble near the Carrara marble quarries. Many years later, I am still working in Pietrasanta, being cofounder and principal at Studio Pescarella, in Pietrasanta.  I've had the good fortune to work in marble alongside many of the same colleagues for more than 20 years.
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Exhibitions
ONE AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2019 "PERSONAGGI", SALA DELLE GRASCE, Pietrasanta, Italy.

2019 "TRIOLOGO", GALLERY BONG, Florence, Italy.

2018 KUNSTFABRIK GROSS-SIEGHERTS, Austria.

2016    CASALE, RIPA DI SERAVEZZA, Italy.

2013  "UNA NOTTE A MARIGNOLLE", Florence, Italy.

2011 "DECORV", Vallecchia, Italy. 

2009 "NEAL BARAB at HOTEL BYRON", Forte dei Marmi, Italy.

2008 "NEAL BARAB at HOTEL BYRON", Forte dei Marmi, Italy.

2007 “DOPPIO GIOCO”, Villa Vogel, Florence, Italy.

2001 TEMPIO ISRAELITICO, Florence, Italy.

1999 stART GALLERY, London, England.

1998 GALERIE VISTA NOVA, Zurich, Switzerland.

1995 GALERIE LUGHIEN, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

1992 SAAB'S KONSTFÖRENING, Linköping, Sweden.

1992 GALERIE HÄNDER, Stockholm, Sweden.

1991 PALOS VERDES ART CENTER, Los Angeles, California.

1991 GALERIA SENSA TITOLA, Lyon, France.

1990 GALERIE PARBLEU, Antwerp, Belgium. 

1989 GALERIE HÄNDER, Stockholm, Sweden.

1984 SANTA CRUZ ART CENTER, Santa Cruz, California.
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Publications
Kunstfabrik Groß-Siegharts, Austria, "Personaggi", Catalogue, 2018.

Museo dei Bozzetti di Pietrasanta, “Catalogo Generale”, 2011.

Rd”A, (Revista d’Arte), “Neal Barab all”Hotel Byron, Italy, 2009.

The Sculpting Techniques Bible, Quarto Publishing plc, London, UK, 2006.

Eindhovens Dagblad, “Cultuur”, Holland,  01/13/05.

The Florentine, “Art Communes with Nature”, Florence, Italy, 10/20/05.                    

“Sentieri nell’arte, il contemporaneo nel paese toscano”, Regione Toscano, 2004.

Casa & Country, “Arte in Casa”, Italy, 08/04. 

Dove, “Arte in Campo”, Italy, 01/04

Parco Sculture del Chianti,  Catalogue Essay, 2004.

Sculpture Magazine, "Sculpture Symposia,”  4/98  (Written by Neal Barab)  http://www.sculpture.org/documents/scmag98/sympos/sm-sympo.shtml 

Sculpture Magazine, “Sculpting in Tuscany,” 9/97.

Dagens Nyheter,  Stockholm, Sweden, 8/24/95.

Correspondenten,   Linkoping, Sweden, 9/29/93.

Belgium Television Channel One, ``Kunstzaken,''  6/28/90.

Dagens Nyheter, Stockholm, Sweden,  ``Han Målar Med Marmor'' (``He Paints with Marble''), 8/12/89.

Smithsonian Magazine, ``City of Holy Stone,'' February 1989.

San Jose Mercury News, ``Suddenly Everybody's A Critic,'' 3/6/87.

KNTV, ``New Sculpture Stirs Public,'' (Channel 11, San Jose, CA.), 3/6/87.

Santa Cruz Sentinel, ``Sculpture Rocks Cooper Street,'' 3/5/87; ``Do You Think This Sculpture Belongs Here?'' 3/12/87; Letters to the Editor concerning ``3x3x3,'' 3/7/87-4/12/87.

 Good Times, cover story: ``The State of the (Local) Arts,'' 2/19/87.

KUSP-FM, Interview, ``State of the Arts,'' (88.9, Santa Cruz, CA.), 1/17/87. 

Santa Cruz County Register Parajonian, ``The Creator,'' 12/15/86; ``Easy Does It,'' 2/4/87.
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Awards
Prices on request.
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Group Exhibitions
2016   “ARTE é MAGIA”, Intrecciarte, Pietrasanta. Italy.
2015    “30 ANNI MUSEO DEI BOZZETTI”, Pietrasanta, Italy.
2015 “per L’AMORE DI...”, Galeria Cavour 85, Arrezzo, Italy.
2013 "RUOTE D'ARTISTA", Palazzo Ducale, Lucca, Italy.
2013 "OTTOCONOTTO", GALLERY OTTO, Florence, Italy.
2006 "BABILONIA-PASSAPAROLA", Pietrasanta, Italy.
2006 “SKULPTURENAUSSTELLUNG IN KULTURPARK,” Gersau, Switzerland.
2006 “BEIJING OLYMPIC PARK CITY SCULPTURE DESIGN EXHIBITION, Beijing, China.
2006 “CASA DEL SOLE”, Camaiore, Italy.
2006 “ENOLIA”, Seravezza, Italy.
2005 “GALERIE DONKERSVOORT”, Beek en Donk, Holland.
2004 “ARTISTI IN VILLA CAVANIS,” Capezzano Pianore, Italy.
2002 “READY 2 GO.” CONSIGLIO REGIONALE, Florence, Italy.
2001 “ART IN MOLECULES,” Zurich, Switzerland.
2000 "INTERNATIONAL STONE SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM," Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany.
1998 "STONE IN GALILLEE INTERNATIONAL STONE SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM,” Maalot, Israel.
1998 "NORTH AMERICAN SCULPTURE EXHIBITION, Golden, Colorado.
1997 "GALLERY 341," San Pedro, California.
1996 "TEDA TIANJIN INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM," Tianjin, PRC.
1996 "SCULTURA A LA BADIA," Camaiore, Italy.
1996 "GUDRUN SEISSER KUNST," Kronberg (Frankfurt), Germany.
1996 "GALERIES BEUKENHOF," Kluisbergen, Belgium.
1995 "INTERNATIONAL STONECARVING SYMPOSIUM," Ålvdalen, Sweden.
1995 "SCULTURE," Galleria Kontraste, Forte dei Marmi, Italy.
1993 "SCULPTURE-CULTURE," South Bay Contemporary Museum of Art, Torrance, California.
1992 "PROTECTORS," Bloom Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
1991 "MOSTRA INTERNAZIONALE DI SCULTURA ALL' APERTO," Legnano (Milano), Italy.
1988 "I DISEGNI DEGLI SCULTORI," Museo Dei Bozzetti, Pietrasanta, Italy.
1987 "ART MUSEUM ANNUAL," Santa Cruz Museum of Art, Santa Cruz, California.
1985 "SMALL SCULPTURE '85," Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, California.
LIL DOG
Olive wood, Alabaster, paint, glass eyes
NEAL BARAB, Stein, Mamor
LOOKING BACK Olive wood, Alabaster, paint, glass eyes
NEAL BARAB
SURFING BIRD Statuario Marble, Giallo di Siena Marble, Cielo Azzuro Marble, oil paint
NEAL BARAB
SCOUT Statuario Marble, Verde d'Estours Marble, Leopard Stone, Rosso Verona Marble, Verde Ming Marble, Macauba Quartzite, Oil Paint
NEAL BARAB
PING PONG CON 4 Giallo di Siena Marble, Verde Ming Marble, Leopard Stone, Pink Portuguese Marble
NEAL BARAB
The Family Together Various marble, painted, pinned, added, carved, cut and refined
NEAL BARAB
MONTICELLO Verde Ming Marble, Leopard Stone Hotel Byron, Forte dei Marmi, Italy
NEAL BARAB
DC3 Leopard Stone Bethesda, Maryland, USA
NEAL BARAB
PSYCLONE STRANGER FRENCH, ITALIAN AND PORTUGUESE MARBLE
NEAL BARAB
LA FAMIGLIA Leopard Stone, Pink Portuguese Marble Bittigheim-Bissingen, Germany
NEAL BARAB
I PELLEGRINI (The Pilgrims) For Parco Internazionale di Scultura al'Aperto, Pietrasanta, Italy. Turkish Leopard Stone Marble
NEAL BARAB
CC RIDERS Chelsea Creek, London, UK Turkish Leopard Stone Marble
NEAL BARAB
BIG DOG
Olive wood from my own trees, Carrara Satuario Marble, Pink Portuguese Marble. When I trim my olive trees, I'm always looking for branches which might form the basis for a good sculpture. I leave the wood outside for at least 3 years, so the bark comes off by itself, leaving a rich surface on the wood. Then I create the marble to complete the figure.
NEAL BARAB, Holz, Mamor


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