Stephanie Borgese is a New York City-based figurative sculptor. Her love of the human form led her to the art of sculpture in 2002. Since then she has received scholarships from The National Sculpture Society, The Art Students League of New York and New York Academy of Art, where she completed her MFA in 2007. She has worked with renowned sculptors Jeff Koons, Oliver Herring and Meredith Bergmann.
Stephanie recently completed a sculpture commission for the National Football League. The Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award will be presented annually at the NFL Honors Ceremony.
Stephanie draws on her experience of foreign cultures and aesthetics for inspiration in her sculpture. Her current body of work is deeply influenced by Japanese culture, specifically the ancient aesthetic of wabi-sabi which is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete. It is intimate and unpretentious, earthy and simple.
The surfaces of her sculptures are modeled with a sense of immediacy, creating a vibrating energy around the figure. The forms are left open and fluid, enticing the viewer to move around the work. There is a sense of bravery as well as a sense of modesty to the figures. They are all warriors in their own right, each experiencing the human condition in their own way. Some are conquered and fallen, others redeemed, but all human.
"I strive to incorporate space within my sculptures which acts as an invitation to the viewer to experience the work in their own way. Hopefully they have their own unique interpretation of the sculpture and a better understanding of themselves because of the experience."
"My deep love of the human form stems from an ancestry of Italian artisans and their passion for life. Years of study of human anatomy through yoga and dance and a love of art inspired me to use my hands to create figurative sculpture. It is the most authentic way that I have found to express myself artistically. I am driven by my quest to uncover the truth of the human form and I am fascinated with infinite possibilities of sculpture."