12 x 33 x 15 inches
12 x 33 x 15 inches
19 x 7 x 29 inches
8 x 8 x 32 inches
8 x 10 x 6 inches
Ray Lorenzato has left a legacy of fine sculpture in the Bay Area. His publicly displayed pieces invite those who pass by to contemplate the contrast between the urban and the ancient. The purity of his designs engage the audience not just visually, but on a physical, tangible level.
Lorenzato received his M.F.A. in sculpture from California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, in 1952. He began his career as a sculptor working with metal, steel, bronze and concrete. For more than 30 years, he taught drawing, painting, three-dimensional design and sculpture at high school and college levels. Many currently working Bay Area artists credit Ray Lorenzato as being an inspiration and mentor.
In 1983, after being awarded the opportunity to study in Italy, Lorenzato turned his focus to stone-working. He was inspired by the beautiful marble available from the local quarries of Pietrasanta, on the coast of northern Tuscany. Since the 15th century, Pietrasanta has enjoyed the patronage of artists, including Michelangelo. Lorenzato was invited to show his work there at the Scultura Internazionale, and Il Disegno degli Scultori, Museo dei Bozzetti.
Soon after, he retired from teaching art at the College of San Mateo. Over the next 15 years, he returned to Italy for several months each year to refine his stone-carving technique. Lorenzato worked with various rough natural stones, carefully shaped by the controlled removal of the material. The scale and shape of each sculpture was dictated by the inherent qualities of each stone.
Lorenzato’s strong, tactile works of art command the viewer to contemplate emerging forms, both corporeal and architectural. The presence of the observer completes the intention of the work, inspiring a feeling of wonderment and respect for the artist’s vision and skill.
In his lifetime, his work was featured in exhibitions at several prestigious Bay Area institutions, such as the Legion of Honor and the De Young Museum in San Francisco, the Oakland Museum and the Richmond Museum of Art. His sculptures can be found in collections in England, Italy, and the United States.