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Bill Hopen was born in Manhattan in l951. He studied painting for four years at City University of New York (Lehman College), then migrated to West Virginia in his mid-twenties. Abandoning abstract painting, he began to study the figure in his rural studio. In the late 70's, his direct carvings in wood and stone became the focus of a two-year Artist's Residency supported by a state grant.

Hopen won his first competition for a public sculpture commission in 1982, and soon became well-known for his many works installed at museums, universities, churches, hospitals and government buildings throughout the state of West Virginia. Major bronze commissions in other states and national press coverage of his work show that Hopen is more than a regional artist; he is building a national reputation.

His smaller works of personal expression have been acquired for private and corporate collections in New York, Chicago, Miami, Paris, Athens, and Singapore. One of his most important commissioned projects, a 10 foot tall bronze of Senator Robert C. Byrd on a large marble pedistal, is a permanent fixture on the floor of the rotunda beneath the West Virginia Capitol dome. It is a piece of West Virginia history, made 100% in state by Bill Hopen and assisting sculptor Kathy Brunt and Foundry man George Houston.

From a Snoop Dogg concert to opening for the Blue Man Group, Garibaldi offers something special in his live performance "Rhythm & Hue," something that anyone from any walk of life can relate to and enjoy. Most recently, he painted a portrait of Carlos Santana during the half time show of a Golden State Warriors basketball game. To everyone's surprise, Santana came out and signed the work once Garibaldi had finished.

Bill Hopenís Summary

I am constantly amazed at the doors sculpture has opened for me ... I have met such incredible personalities, great religeous and political leaders, philantropists, billionaires, both here and abroad. I started my career quite frankly, as a hippie in the woods of WV. I still maintain my mountain studio in appalachia, as my most treasured center of peace and serenity in which to create. However I have established a national, then international business in figurative bronze works and travel to Asia for work frequently.

I sculpt my own artworks of personal expression, but also have been widely commissioned throughout the USA and abroad to help Churches, Universities, Government bodies to commerate great people or symbolically express great ideas or ideals. This has lead me to study history, theology, philosophy, art, architecture, science, etc to understand fully what it is am to express....its interesting work and something I take quite seriously since bronzes last thousands of years

My goal is to remain uncrazy, being able to focus and enjoy the creation of each artwork is primary. Art comes first, I channel my ambition towards doing the highest quality work I can, I love to grow and learn and develop my aesthetic understanding. Crazy ambition after wealth can often lose the real treasure an artist already has. I think one of my most valuable assets is a stress free placid life spent largely meditating beauty which allows me to see it clearly in life and people. Its that vision of the world that I blend with bronze to make figurative works that are an affirmation of human life, its passion, its energy, its beauty. I devote at least half of time my sculpting to creating smaller figurative works for interiors and gardens, I have help in my career from my eldest son Gabriel a sculptor, and from my Wife Ai Qiu, a sculptor with whom I often colaborate.

Bill Hopenís Specialties:

Bronze figurative sculpture, portraits, liturgical work, expressive figures, smaller sculpture editions Sculpture for gardens, fountains, achitectural settings