Alejandro was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at a young age he was exposed to art by his parents who are both artists. He began studying art and immediately fell in love.
Driven by curiosity and passion he has experimented in many mediums. The process of bringing something from his dreams into reality is what he finds most intriguing. Drawing inspiration from other forms of art as well as his experiences growing up in Argentina, he aims to represent the beauty he sees in life. From the elegance of dancers to the dignity of the working class, he desires to capture the essence of his subjects to evoke a sense of nostalgia and awe.
Rude Calderón was born in San Jose, Costa Rica, emigrating with his family to the Los Angeles area at the age of seven. As a child he watched his father sculpt in clay, and was privately trained in art and music starting at the age of eight. He was awarded a commissioned public art travertine marble sculpture entitled “Leaping Fish” for the East Los Angeles Civic Center Lake Renovation Project. Most recently he completed another travertine sculpture for the City of Incheon, South Korea; commissioned by the City of Burbank.
Rude Calderón’s paintings, sculptures and prints have been exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Laguna Art Museum, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, UCLA/Armand Hammer Museum of Art, nationally in galleries and museums in Anchorage, Corpus Christi, Tucson, Chicago, Philadelphia, as well as internationally in Russia, Berlin, Germany, Mexico, Chile, Spain, and of course his birthplace of San Jose, Costa Rica. His work is also in many private collections.
Creating art for Calderón is his attempt to interpret the pulsating and stirring sensations of rhythm and melody of form. Presently he teaches introduction to sculpture and stone sculpture at Otis College of Art and Design Evening Program, and stone carving at Teale Street Sculpture Studio.
George Lafayette comes to the artistic world from a mixed bag of experiences ranging from hanging with the tough boys on Venice Beach, to becoming a fundamentalist preacher based in the midwest, back to real estate agent covering the Los Angeles area. His unique “Other World Sculptures,” which have won him awards nationally, emanate from these diverse experiences.
George Lafayette’s sculptures have been exhibited at the Beverly Hills Affairs in the Garden, Golden State Sculpture Association, La Quinta Art Festival, Malibu Art Show, Cherry Creek Art Festival, and Scottsdale Art Festival. He has been awarded first place in figurative sculpture in the Beverly Hills Affairs in the Garden, and by the Golden State Sculpture Association. He has also done commissions for private clients, along with a previous stint in animation and Marquette making.
Lafayette has taught methods and figurative sculpture in various medias at the Robert Cunningham Studio and LA Art Space in Culver City, California, and also at the Reagan Academy out of Barnsdall Art Park. He presently teaches at Teale Street Sculpture Studio.