New York artist John Belardo, whose diverse body of work includes terra cotta sculpture, empirical drawings and geometrically inspired steel and aluminum installations, is exhibiting at The Romano Gallery from October 27 to November 28. A range of Mr. Belardo’s drawings and dynamic, multi-figure sculptural compositions are on display in “Figurative Complexity,” giving visitors the opportunity to observe what the artist describes as the “spontaneous order that emerges through the interaction of individual figures” resulting in a “complex, yet delicately unified composition.” While visiting Blair on November 12, Mr. Belardo instructed sculpture classes and hosted an artist's reception in The Romano Gallery.
Romano Gallery co-director Rita Baragona was “awestruck” when she saw Mr. Belardo’s sculptures at a New York City exhibition, and she was convinced Blair students would have a similar reaction. “From every angle, a new, dynamic interaction is visible among the exquisitely complex figures,” she said. “In addition, his drawings are beautifully and intelligently observed in the tradition of Leonardo Da Vinci.” Among the works on display in The Romano Gallery are drawings of Michelangelo’s sculptures that Mr. Belardo created on site in Florence, as well as works which he drew from life.
Mr. Belardo earned his bachelor’s degree in studio art at The College of St. Rose (New York) and his MFA in sculpture at the New York Academy of Art (New York City). In addition, he completed the Model to Monument program at the Newington Cropsey Academy of Art (New York) and trained in the studio of Richard McDermott Miller. Mr. Belardo has exhibited throughout the Northeast, completed many private and public commissions, and recently won the gold medal for best in show at the Hudson Valley Art Association’s annual exhibition. He is the studio manager and an instructor of drawing, sculpture and painting at Lehman College CUNY in the Bronx, New York. To learn more about Mr. Belardo and view many of his works, visit his website at www.johnbelardo.com.