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Gerald Balciar

Biography - Gerald Balciar

Born in Northern Wisconsin on August 28, 1942, Gerald Balciar had an early interest in art beginning back in grade school. His are is noted for its readily identifiable artistic style which is grounded in an in-depth knowledge of animals. For reference he works from his extensive library of wildlife material which includes photos, magazine clippings, books, and numerous study casts and measurements. He also uses live models as an invaluable aid in his sculptures and receives excellent cooperation from zoologists and wildlife organizations.

Balciar is involved in the creative process of bronze making from the beginning to the end. He works his original sculpture in wax or clay and then personally makes his own molds and chases his own waxes. Once the bronze is cast at the foundry, he does the welding and metal chasing and then applies the patina and finishing touches to each bronze.

While doing an 18’ bronze elk in 1982, he devised a point up system that revolutionized the tradional enlargement process. His largest brone sculpture to date is 20’ bronze moose, Centennial, which was installed in Mooseheart, Illinois, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Loyal Order of the Moose in 1988. His largest marble carving is an 18’, 16,000 lb. cougar, Canyon Princess, which was installed at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Center in Oklahoma City in June, 1995.

He is fellow of the National Sculpture Society and a meber of the Society of Animal Artists, Allied Artist of America and Northwest Rendezvous Group. He has won several awards, and is listed in Who’s Who in American Art, Who’ Who in the West and the Dictiionary of American Sculptors. He has taught at the Prix de West Artists’ Workshop, Scottsdale Artists School and Art Students League of Denver, and Loveland Academy of Fine Arts.

Balciar’s most prestigious award is the Prix de West received in 1985 from the National Academy of Western Art at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Center in Oklahoma City for his marble, River Companions.