ABOUT THE ARTIST
OCEANA RAIN STUART is an American figurative bronze sculpture artist and poet. Stuart attended California College of the Arts on a full scholarship for fashion design and fine art with a minor in Writing and Literature as well as Ecological Practices. Stuart is one of the leading realistic sculpture artists working today. Her work is known for its emotionally evocative subject matter that often involves symbolism. In the Spring of 2023, Twenty-one of Stuart’s sculptures will be launched to the lunar surface of the Moon, within the Lunar Codex Museum which hosts the first female artists to have artwork on the Moon.
Stuart’s work has been exhibited in numerous accredited museums and galleries world-wide, such as the Leonardo Da Vinci Society, the Natural History Museum, the Butler Museum Institute of American Art, Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Sculpture Society, the Salmagundi Art Club; and the Louvre Museum. Stuart serves on the Board of American Artists professional League and American Women Artists and is an elected member of the National Sculpture Society and Allied Artists of America.
Stuart has served on the jury for multiple international exhibitions and was the Juror of Awards for a nationwide 2022 American Artists professional League exhibition. She also serves on the 2022 jury for the International Boynes Emerging Artist Award.
Some of Stuart's awards include: The 2022 International ICON award by the Los Angeles Beverly Awards (LABA), 2022 finalist of the Self Portrait competition from the National Portrait Society, 2022 Allied Artists of America Ranieri Sculpture casting Award of the Gold Medal Exhibition , 2021 Allied Artists of America Award for Sculpture of the Gold Medal Exhibition; 2021 Board of Directors Award for Sculpture from the American Artists Professional League Gold Medal Exhibition; 2021 Art Lover’s Choice from the 110th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition of the California Art Club; 2020 and 2021 finalist for the 14th and 15th annual Art Renewal Center (ARC) Salon; 2018 and 2021 finalist for the Non-Commissioned Portrait category by the Portrait Society of America; 2019 Alizarin Award by the Representational Figurative Art Conference; 2017 Figurative Artist of the Year by Art Comes Alive and 2017 and 2021 Pre-Selected Artist by the “Figurativas” competition of the Museum of Modern Art, Barcelona (MEAM).
Stuart’s work is featured in the collections of The Museum of Contemporary Art in Catania, Sicily (MACS), The Haegeumgang Museum, Geoje, South Korea and The Lunar Codex Museum, located the lunar surface of the moon. Twenty- one analogue and digital images of Stuart’s work are going to the moon as part of a historical museum featuring figurative art from earth where she will be amongst the first women artists to display art on the moon.
"As a figurative bronze sculpture artist and poet, my purpose is to find empathy in the work I create, and to explore tension and complexity of the subject matter. I’m fascinated by subtle physical gestures, like the movement of a hand, the gaze of the eyes, as well as contradictions that are enclosed in body language and how each face shares a lifetime of stories, and to me this is true beauty. My passion is in expressing this through my work.
Something powerful happens when we let our guard down - we become vulnerable, instinctively primitive, and essentially raw. It is an honor to witness moments in life like these, that lure the viewer in, if only for a moment, it is an experience and an opportunity, so naturally expressed by life that it is inspiring artistic material for me. And in these moments the human condition gives me endless ideas for my practice. I am particularly interested in emotionally evocative subject matter, expressive of humanity and often use symbolism in my work. My molding techniques and surface treatments often blend qualities of realism and surrealism."