BIO - LAURA TESTE
Laura Testé (b. 1968) is an American sculptor whose bronzes are identified with the female form in dance. Laura uses the lost wax method to cast her sculptures in Michigan, USA.
Laura Testé was raised in a small midwestern town where ordinary people pursued the extraordinary. Her neighbors walked on the moon or collected Emmy’s & Oscars. She absorbed this worldview and earned degrees in both art design and engineering from Stanford University in California.
California became a recurring source of inspiration. Laura attributes her respect of female athleticism to the Stanford Rowing Team. That experience gave her an unshakable appreciation for the grace and energy of human anatomy. Years later, galleries along California's Highway 1 inspired her to embrace sculpting full-time.
Laura’s recent VIM & VIGOR bronze series delights audiences. She captures lithesome limb figures in mid-swirl with a bloom of fabric or a quiet gesture. She pays tribute to themes of self-reliance. Trust yourself, embrace nonconformity, cut new paths, define your principles, welcome independence.
Laura Testé was selected as one of nine sculptors in a 2019 exhibition in Saint-Tropez, France. Also in 2019, the Arthur Secunda Museum (Michigan) hosted a solo show of her VIM & VIGOR series. Laura’s award-award winning work is displayed in galleries in South Carolina, Michigan, and Grimaud, France
Laura's explores the light, color, and atmosphere of Southern France. She creates a textured experience with her striking surge of color and treatment with palette knives. Her style truly lures one into the painting. Clearly influenced by master Renoir as well as the Spanish painter, Jose Royo, each of her paintings communicates a lively energy.
Her words on painting:
“Consider an unguarded moment in the sun. I am surrounded by occasions worth painting, particularly as I savor the landscape of Provence or the ports of the Mediterranean. I capture these mere winks in time in vivid oils. The memory is no longer trivial but present and lasting. Moments create my paintings and I trust that my paintings create moments for others.”