Exhibition History: Several Galleries in New York, 1st Black Lives Matter Art Exhibition MCLA GAllery 51 MA, National Sculpture Society, Art Prize, Artist Portfolio Magazine, Museum exhibits and work in private collections.

ZoneOne Interview with Karina Furhman

Karina is a fine art figurative sculptor focusing on portrait sculpture, figures in small and large scale. Karina lives and work in the San Francisco Bay Area.

After emigrating from Latvia to the United States as a refugee at the age of thirteen, during high school Karina discovered the joys of clay. Hand building was the first step, and art quickly became one of Karina’s major’s in college and graduate school.

Her childhood years were spent in Riga, Latvia, which is beautiful and historical architectural gem of a city. As a child Karina was always drawing and dreaming.

Karina studied with Stephen Perkins for over 10 years, subjects such as ecorche, figure modeling, figure structure, history of sculpture, drawing and design.

During her graduate work, Karina finally began to study anatomy, ecorche, dissection, figure structure, figure modeling and drawing. Karina’s goal is to communicate in realistic figurative sculpture all of the beauty and poignancy of the human form.

San Francisco – Stephen Perkins and his Ecorche crew! One of my favorite photoshoots!
Karina’s daily sculpture tools
Karina sculpting a structural figure study

Karina’s focus public monuments that are both impactful, beautiful and accessible to the public. Karina’s approach for designing monuments for public art is to create a holistic experience for the public, to create the sculpture, lighting and landscaping within a fitting architectural composition. Her plant knowledge helps her envision a zone specific installation. In all of her work, Karina catches a moment in time and capture it in clay. Capturing that moment is a labor of love.

Classical sculpture creation is an involved process; to produce a finished piece, the sculptor has to figure model the piece in clay, create a mold of the piece for casting, cast the piece into a material such as bronze or resin, and then finish the piece with a patina.

Karina posing in her studio for the ZoneOne Arts interview

Ecorche – Anatomical Study by Karina