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Rafael Zabala

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Sculptor Rafael Zabala
Rafael Zabala

About Rafael Zabala

He is an active member of the Surrey Sculpture Society, and has exhibited at Borde Hill and Osterly already this year, and draws much of his inspiration from life and myth.

Biography / CV of Rafael Zabala

My name is Rafael, and I am originally from Spain. Since I can remember, I have always been attracted and devoted to express human and animal form in any artistic way available to me. in my younger times mainly drawing and painting and later sculpture strongly called my attention. From my beginnings as an apprentice for several professional sculptors until my I became a professional myself,….I worked as a traditional sculptor in resin, bronze and marble, from public to privet commissions, to exhibiting in galleries and others like stenography for theatre, TV or movies.

Later on I became aware of the great opportunity that the 3D industry could offer me as an artist, and how much I had to offer and learn in return from this new media. In 2010 I started my career in London at The Mill, as a 3D modeller, where I spent 2 years working on TV main brand commercials, and some cinematic for video games too. After a good start, and having gained some good experience as a 3D professional I had a great opportunity to move to New Zealand and work for Weta Digital, where I have been modelling mainly characters in titles like The Hobbit, some of them relevant like Azog, and also worked in other titles like Man of Still, ironMan 3 or Dawn of the Planet of The Apes or The Desolation of Smaug “The Hobbit”.

having succeed as a 3D modeller, working in one of the best possible places in this industry, added to my previous 15 years as a traditional sculptor have also allowed me to became a teacher to others who are now new artists on the making process.

Please!… I invite you to have a look at my work which I will try to keep updated as much as possible, and hope you enjoy it too. Any comments are always welcome and helpful to me

Acquisitions / Collections of work by Rafael Zabala

He has lived and worked in different countries producing artwork for both private and public commisssions using bronze, stone and resin as well as coordingating and creating scenography for film

Price Range of Work

Rafael Zabala's work has a price range of around £1,650

Mediums utilised

Rafael Zabala's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Rafael Zabala's work is found in the following categories on site:
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures
Nudes / Male Sculpture
Human Figurative Sculptures
Male Men Youths Masculine Statues Sculptures statuettes figurines

ArtParkS Sculpture Park Yearly exhibitions

Rafael Zabala's work has been exhibited at the following yearly exhibitions held at the ArtParkS sculpture park:
2005 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
2004 ArtParkS Sculpture Park Exhibition
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"The problem of contemporary sculpture and the garden is one which has rankled in my mind for years. It is usually resolved through a process of inversion-that is turning it into sculpture in the garden as against garden sculpture. By that I mean the sculptor takes over the garden as an open exhibition gallery, of which the focus is their creation, to which the world of nature merely provides the frame.The Idea that sculpture is a contributory element to an overall'mise en scene',in which, sometimes its role may be incedental rather than central, has been lost.In this we have seen the betrayall of the great tradition of garden sculpture, one which was unashamed at being decorative or delightful."
Sir Roy Strong
Customer comment on 'FiddleHead (Male) (Curley stainless Steel garden Yard statue sculpture' by Oliver Strong
The sculptures (Fiddleheads Male and Female) arrived this morning and look fantastic. If you could pass on my thanks to the artist (Oliver Strong), I would be most grateful. Many thanks for your assistance,
Nicholas Shipton, Beds. Gt. Britain, United Kingdom.