Marton Varo marble sculpture

Friends took us to Cannery Row in Monterey yesterday. We visited the aquarium and stepped into a couple galleries. In a nice little spot called Gallery i Fine Art. I was smitten with Marton Varo‘s marble sculptures. The following is called Robed Figure on a Pedestal.

His contrasting use of rough and smooth surfaces is very nice and reminded me of one of my favorite marble works, Rodin’s Danaide. It’s difficult to see though in this cameraphone image. Of course, it’s always difficult to get a sense of three-dimensional work in a two-dimensional way.

Adding: The gallery staff suggested Varo was one of the only (or the only, if I heard her right) sculptors using marble in the states. Not long after coming home from California though I had an email in my inbox from Sarah Hempel, who also works in marble. It seems, from what I can tell, Hempel doesn’t always do the stonework herself. Perhaps the girl at the gallery in Monterey was suggesting that Varo is one of the few artists to tool the marble himself, something that few people are willing and able to do because it is so time consuming.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

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