At the age of 5, Bien encountered the masters – Renoir, Modigliani and Picasso. This proved to be life changing. “They were the most beautiful things – I was captivated.” he says. “It was then I knew that I would be an artist.”
Bien sculpts because of the three dimensions that move him to react with creation. His love of color is evident in each work, but his mastery of carving, mixing media, and assembly to achieve his artistic stories prevails.
His subject matter remains simple yet powerful: branches, clouds, stones – even a bird. “I relate to these in a fundamental and metaphorical way,” Bien says. “I can compose with branches quickly, covering surface space, expressing hardship, death, new beginnings and life through a range of textures and movements. Clouds allow me great space, pressure, and atmosphere. Stones or rocks are ancient, wise and defiant. The bird fantasized freedom.”
Clear acrylics are a favorite medium and are the primary element in his work. He fascinates his viewers by the effects of light, the control of gravity, easy carving, and assembling in a modernistic manner. The wood then lends distinct warmth. Natural stones and rocks provide weight and earthy color.
Bien Irizarry currently exhibits in several galleries in the Southwest, and his collectors are from all over the United States.¬†Bien’s sculptures are all one of a kind. There are no edition sizes. Each piece contains materials found in foundries and are sculpted together in a way only Bien Irizarry can bring to life.
Photo by © Barbara Butkus Photography