Ancizar Marin's climber sculptures and installations, for which he is best known, composed of fiberglass and resin, and finished to a high gloss with car paint in a dazzling array of hues, continue to delight all who encounter them scaling walls, rappelling down windows, leaning against columns, and perching on lintels. Evoking teams of rock climbers, window washers, fish, birds and circus performers, suspended high above ground on screws or wires that are looped, lassoed, and threaded about them, engaged in gravity-defying feats, the active forms charm young and old, reminding one that art is not always intended to intellectually challenge viewers.
Indeed, Marin hopes that audiences will experience nothing more complicated than pleasure through movement, color, and form. His philosophy pays homage to the Matissean credo that art should be joyful, devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter, and appeal to everyone.
"Life is never easy, requires an effort. Wherever we are going, smile and support". Ancizar Marin
Born in Colombia, Marin first received formal art training in the 1980s at the ‘Bellas Artes’ Institute in Manizales, Colombia. He continued to study sculpture at the Luccio Petraglia School of Art in Bogota, where he honed his sculptural proficiency in bronze and steel. Later, South American travel exposed him to the rich melting pot of cultural influences that further informed his approaches to color and texture. Marin works now in South Florida, where his work has been featured in design magazines, gallery shows, and prestigious art fairs, and private commissions continue to proliferate.
That his figurative forms are relatively inexpensive encourages and allows collectors to purchase multiple sculptures at a time. For Marin, this achieves his desire to encourage the figures to engage with one another in dynamic groupings that can be arranged and rearranged at will. The shadows thrown off by the glossy little men and women, who alternately squat, leap, lunge, stretch, and perform arabesques, further energize the walls against which they are installed, so that the spatial sum of the parts far exceeds the individual sculptural components.
Artist Statement ”Since my time in high school, sculpture has been an obsession and a fascination for me. The idea of molding three-dimensional forms, with contour, details and colors provides me endless creativity. I have been privileged to have worked with masters such as Fernando Botero. Being an artist sculptor has never been easy. However, I cannot describe the amount of joy, happiness and peace that I feel when I am sculpting especially when working on a new idea.
I have developed an affinity for fiberglass and bronze as a medium. Such material provides me with infinite ways to express my ideas, my feelings, my desires, my thoughts and the challenge of knowing how we the artists are very different. That’s why I experiment with new techniques and finishes, including chrome, bronze, volcano rock, wood, resin and fiberglass. I have been a recipient of many awards that have set me apart from other sculptors.
My intention is to capture the attention of other humans to stimulate a dialogue of love, admiration, knowledge and feelings for art. My dreams are very clear and my most important wish is that my work will bring the same joy and happiness they bring to me. And that other people will love my pieces as much as I do.