Born in a small river town on the border of Slovakia and Hungary, George Kalmar moved as a young child to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1965. Two consecutive gold medals in the Philadelphia Young Artist competitions spurred his serious commitment to sculpting at the age of 14. He attended Temple University where he developed an interest in wood carving. In 1971 he begun his graduate work at Indiana University where he took interest in limestone carving – an introduction to his current work with cantera stone. At the age of 32, he decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue his sculpting, writing and a professional publishing career. He was a resident artist at the Artcore Center for the Arts for a period of nine years. During these years his work was exhibited world-wide including major exhibitions in Japan, Thailand and Korea. In 2014 he moved to San Miguel de Allende to continue his work with cantera stone, wood and iron. He works at his studio in Atascadero.
Life to me is a series of shapes and movements. In every shape there is a geometric detail. These details are composed of lines and colors and, for a sculptor, the very important third dimension. To me, as an abstract artist, the creative combination of shapes and colors and space is enough to express the beauty and emotions of the world we live in. Representational art reflects what we see around us, and abstract art to me reflects what we imagine inside us. My current work with cantera stone combines my love of an ancient volcanic stone with my own manipulations of wood and metal to complement this very giving stone. Aside from these considerations, I am always anxious to utilize local materials that have formed the art and aesthetic of where I live.
40 x 21 x 15 cm
$ 10,000.00 mxn
24 x 26 x 37 cm
$ 8,000.00 mxn