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"My sculptures embody spiritual beauty, a sense of ascension, grace, flight, awakening, and rebirth that is a metaphor for divinity.” — Ira Reines Ira Reines was born in New York, New York on December 3, 1957. The worlds of fantasy and mythology and the works of Michelangelo, Rodin, and Bernini fueled the imagination of Reines and encouraged him to create elaborate bronzes and to begin to accept private and commercial commissions. In 1980, Ira Reines’ career got a tremendous boost when he was hired to work with Art Deco Master Erte, considered by many as the father of Art Deco. Ira worked closely with Erte, translating the master’s two-dimensional designs into seventy bronze sculptures that were sold world-wide. This symbiotic association with Erte lasted eleven years, up until Erte’s death in 1991. During this period, Reines’ skills and personal style in fine art sculpting began to evolve, undergoing a metamorphosis from classical mythological themes to more contemporary ones. The sculptures of Ira Reines have now progressed to the point of being referred to as “Sculptural Etherealism”, delicate and intricately formed figures of near-perfect beauty, often in poses of extreme balance, sometimes emerging as-if in the process of creation, and replete with beauty and spirituality. Beauty born of chaos, form created from formlessness, for Reines feels that “Beauty is a perfect reflection of divinity.”
 Ira Reines was born in New York, New York on December 3, 1957 and by the age of five his sculptural talents began to emerge. • At nineteen, one of Reines’ sculptures caught the eye of the director of the Medallic Art Company of Danbury, Connecticut who offered him employment sculpting medallions. • Reines studied the works of Michelangelo, Bernini, and Rodin most passionately and even had the good fortune to experience their masterpieces first-hand in Rome and Florence when he was twenty, a very inspiring experience. • In 1980, Ira Reines’ career got a tremendous boost when he was hired by the Dyansen Gallery to work with Art Deco Master Erte, considered by many as the father of Art Deco. Ira worked closely with Erte, translating the master’s two-dimensional designs into seventy bronze sculptures that were sold world-wide. • In 1991, after Erte’s death, Reines’ skills and personal style in fine art sculpting began to evolve, undergoing a metamorphosis from classical mythological themes to more contemporary ones. • In 1998 he lost both of his parents and the ending of a long-term relationship a year later, exposed the spiritual core of Ira Reines, He began to channel and transform that pain into positive energy by creating beautiful sculptures featuring the ascension and re-birth of the human spirit, the soul’s eternal flight with divinity and love. • Currently, such notables as Elizabeth Taylor, Elton John, Johnny Carson, Barbara Streisand, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Smithsonian in Washington D.C., and The Victoria and Albert Museum in London have sculptural pieces created by Ira Reines while in association with the famous Art Deco Master Erte, but his most notable placement is his bronze “Neptune” which is on permanent display on the grounds of The Society of the Four Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. Notable Collections & Awards Sculptures that Ira had created during his association with Art Deco Master Erte may be found in the Collections of such notables as: • Actress Elizabeth Taylor • Singer Elton John • Former Talk-show Host Johnny Carson • Singer / Actress Barbara Streisand On permanent display is his installation: • “Neptune” – Philip Hulitar Sculpture Garden TheSociety of the Four Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida
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