Lunchtime New York City
Archival Giclee' on Canvas with a Wood Beam and Invididual Cast Stone Figures.
Born in Caltagirone, Sicily Italy which has been revered since the ancient time of Greece for it's beautiful ceramics.
True to my environment, an innate, artistic talent became evident early in his early life, and by age five he was drawing and sculpting. At age six his first job was sweeping floors at the Caltagirone Sculpting Foundry. This was the perfect arena to fuel his creative passion. He spent the next six years there working, learning and tuning his skills. Furnari used to get out of art school at two in the afternoon and then go to the foundry until eight every day.
Though appreciative of his background, he found a fascination with New York City, and during his first visit at age twenty, he discovered that behind the impressive skyscrapers were immigrants from all over the world. Furnar thought this made New York City the greatest city on earth.
Furnar said, "I believe I was destined to become a master in sculpture and painting. Even my surname, "Furnar", which means, 'the people who attend the oven with fire' alluded to my future at the kiln. Through the years I took sculpting to new levels, blending old and new to create my own unique style. I have learned and perfected all different types of materials and mediums; terracotta, porcelain, bronze, stainless steel."
His sculptures represent regular hard-working people with their own joy and sadness of life. His approach is both sensitive and whimsical, and his keen ability to show emotion instantly brings the viewer into his subjects’ world. His sculptures come alive, as if they may have souls.