Ernesto Montenegro

Ernesto Montenegro his work spans a myriad of styles from realistic to abstract, from intricate relief to monumental bronzes.
Inspirations include Benvenito Cellini

flatmensquared 11 17.5x10x12

Ernesto Montenegro Flat Men Squared 11 The Poet 17.5x10x12 ~ Bowersock Gallery

 

I remember the summer my parents rented a cottage on Cape Cod, and I read the biography of Benvenito Cellini. It was then that I decided I wanted to become a sculptor.

Two bronze apprenticeships with John Skeaping in Montpellier, France and Richard Rosenblum in Boston and a stone-cutting apprenticeship in Sunnyside, New York, along with a drawing class at Penn State were the foundational parts of my education. For over thirty years, I have been sculpting primarily in bronze.

My most recent public work is a 53-foot steel sculpture to celebrate Claremont, New Hampshire's 250th Anniversary. Another recent work is a 10-foot bronze gateway sculpture for the City of Manchester, New Hampshire.

I have public works in Boston and Eugene at the University of Oregon. I was chosen as the finalist for an Immigrant Memorial in Boston. My work spans a myriad of styles from realistic to abstract, from intricate relief to monumental bronzes. I met Prince Rainier when I was awarded my most prestigious award, Monte Carlo's Grand Pris d'Art Contemporain. My work is a part of many private and public collections.

Recently discovered that the sculpture which won the prize in Monte Carlo was transferred from Boston College to the Vatican collection in Rome.