Vincent Villafranca, one of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art’s more award-winning 3-D artist, spoke to us recently on about his origins in bronze sculpting, awards and the importance of conventions, demos and shows. Currently involved in genre and mainstream exhibitions, Vincent is an artistic force to be reckoned with.
Here’s what he had to say…
SF SIGNAL: You are a renowned bronze sculptor. There are much easier forms of sculpture to do, especially here in Texas in the summer, what drew you to bronze sculpting? How did you learn to work with bronze? You sometimes work with Bolivar Bronze? How did that relationship come about?
Vincent Villafranca: As a child I had a wild imagination. I drew endlessly in school and at home. When I was in first grade, my teacher gave each student some clay to play with, and I loved it. The only problem was whatever I made eventually wilted away or was somehow destroyed. I always wished there was a way to preserve a design. When I went to university in the early 90′s, I took a sculpture course as an elective. The instructor, Roger Colombik, introduced me to the process of bronze-casting. I was instantly hooked. After I graduated, I did an apprenticeship at Michael Hall’s Studio Foundry in the Wimberley area. I learned the more advanced methods of casting metals and mold-making. When I moved to north Texas, I interviewed at Bolivar Bronze and worked there several years. We were producing public art for various institutions and organizations. I still help them out with projects from time to time.