"The best art engages, generates discussion, and brings about change. Infusing the everyday with the surreal, my art compels viewers to think and experience, to understand life more fully." Michael Alfano
Background, Influences, and Education - Michael has been sculpting for over fifteen years. A native of New York, he now lives and works in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. His major influences are Salvadore Dali, Jo Davidson, and Jean-Antoine Houdon, as well as Buddhist, Taoist, Sufi and other eastern philosophy and literature. He first studied at the Art Students League of New York, with an emphasis on life-size sculpture from the model. His formal education continued at Boston University and was augmented by internships with several prominent sculptors.
Public and Monumental Art - Michael’s public art, which garnered the headline “Sculptor with a Conscience,” dots the East coast and includes:
- Peace Offering, in Newburyport, MA and Clifton Park, NJ, a functional bench featuring a dove, in which the tail becomes the head of a hawk and the wings become hands that invite two people to sit down and discuss their differences.
- Gates of Transcendence, in Leonia, NJ, a ten-times life size face, split down the center, that invites different perspectives when viewed from behind through the eyes, facing the front, and walking between.
- Journey, commemorating contributions of African-Americans and Cape Verdeans on Cape Cod, at the Zion Heritage Museum in Hyannis, MA.
- September 11th Memorial at Town Hill in Norfolk, MA and in Clifton, NJ.
- The Starter - George V. Brown, legendary starter of the Boston Marathon and Hockey Hall of Fame member, near the starting line in Hopkinton, MA.
- The Holocaust Monument at the Jericho Jewish Center, on Long Island, exemplifying Michael’s sculpting talents in an expressive and meaningful memorial.
- Sculpture of Hope, created for Mothers Against Drunk Driving at Farmingdale State College in New York.
- Ethics of Peace at Georgetown University in Washington DC.
Portrait Commissions - Dozens of institutions and patrons have commissioned portraits from Michael, including a bust of Nobel Peace Laureate Anwar Sadat, and Lt. William C. Maxwell for the Maxwell Air Force Base.
Fine Art Collectibles - Michael exhibits throughout the United States including at galleries in Provincetown, Boston’s Newbury Street, the Berkshires, New York City, and along the east coast. Private collections from around the world include his limited editions, such as Peace Offering in the Buhl Collection.
Awards and Honors - Michael has won over 50 awards at art shows, including the Cambridge Art Association’s “Sculptor of the Year,” as juried by the Boston Globe art critic. He was named a fellow of the American Artists Professional League and was selected as a portrait artist by the Copley Society in Boston. His sculpture is featured in 100 Artists of New England.