John De Andrea

Born in 1941 in Denver (Colorado, United States)
Lives and works in Denver (Colorado, United States)

John de Andrea is known for his hyperrealistic human sculptures. By working with living models, de Andrea manufactures replicas of human bodies in true-to-life postures that capture the uniqueness of each of his subjects. While abstraction dominated American art during the 1970s, de Andrea’s realistic sculptures allowed him to be one of the first American artists to be exhibited at the prestigious Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

Cierra offers an utterly illusionistic rendering, characteristic of John de Andrea’s practice. With the addition of natural hair, the figure engages the viewer in an individual and intimate experience. The effect brought on by this immobile human presence is what draws the viewer in, calling on us to reflect on our own body’s relationship to the work. De Andrea focuses specifically on anatomical details, thus causing an unsettling blurring of the line between reality and fiction.

John De Andrea, Cierra, 2003, Polyvinyl, oil, natural hair, 31 1/8" x 51 1/8" x 17 3/4" (79 x 130 x 45 cm). In the background: Anish Kapoor, Mirror, 2015, Stainless steel, 63" x 63" x 7 1/8" (160 x 160 x 18 cm). Photo credit: Richard-Max Tremblay

Other exhibitions of the artist at Arsenal Contemporary Art