Roberto Garcia Jr.
Roberto was born in 1954, in Laredo. Texas. He attended the University of Texas in Austin, where he completed his B.F.A. in Studio Fine Arts in 1978. Throughout college, Roberto mentored under Professor Charles Umlauf, and the two kept a close relationship until the latter's death. Upon graduation, Roberto relocated to Princeton, New Jersey where he attended the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture. From 1980 to 1984 he worked exclusively in the art world as a freelance artist and as an art foundry assistant. In 1985, Roberto built his first bronze casting foundry in Kingsville, Texas.
In 1997, Roberto moved to Pagosa Springs, Colorado with his wife, Ana and their two children. There, he and his wife personally built their second home and foundry. Still residing in Pagosa Springs, Roberto is engaged as a full-time sculptor and painter. He believes strongly that the best of art comes from a person's soul and imagination. To him, art is a discipline that requires practice, dedication, and patience in order to become skilled. Roberto believes in creating art for the sake of art, and as a form of expression that fulfills the creative desire unique and present in every individual. Every new work is a lesson and a step towards creating the next one. All of Roberto's work is done by the artist himself, including all apects of bronze casting.
Roberto is constantly inspired by the natural, private, and quiet environment in which he lives. The mountains, open skies, and wide landscapes of Colorado provide him each day with a reminder of the art that is to be found in nature. Having grown up without them, the classic four seasons, each with their unique and expressive colors, are an inspiration unto themselves and the changing seasons are part of the joy of living in Colorado.
Roberto Garcia Jr. Artist