Gary Mauro considers himself a figurative sculpture working in essentially a neoclassical mode. Yet the materials he uses to create his art are distinctly modern: sculpted fabric adds a third dimension to contours already accented by strokes of acrylic, chalk and graphite. He models fabric into female forms in the same way another artist might use clay. His subject has always been the figure, and his main inspiration the art of the Renaissance.
Gary Mauro was born in Walsenburg, Colorado in 1944. He studied at the University of Oklahoma in 1963, Southern Colorado State College in 1964, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University Of Colorado Art School. Beginning in 1973 Mauro has had many one-man shows in Colorado; New York City; California, New Mexico; Seattle; Milan, Italy; Tokyo, Japan; and Florida.
In 1976 Mauro built a studio in Taos and in 1982 he moved to a new gallery in Santa Fe. His prime interest is drawing, which is the key element in all of his work. Mauro uses live models, drawing them in a multitude of combinations.
The largest of Mauro’s bas-reliefs is a 70-foot horizontal pageant of female figures, cougars and birds commissioned by the First National Bank of Abilene, Texas. Other Mauro relief’s are in the collections of the Denver Art Museum, the New Mexico Museum of Fine Art, IBM Corporation, Gannett Corporation, USA Today, Florida Today, El Centro College of Dallas, Texas, among others. Private collections include actress Elizabeth Taylor and artist R.C. Gorman
Artist Biography provided by Gary Mauro, Santa Fe, NM.