Bio

Portrait of Ron Mehlman

RON MEHLMAN is a prominent New York Sculptor. He has had numerous one person and group shows at venues along the East Coast, especially in New York City, and has frequently exhibited in Italy and France. He has created many large-scale public and private commissioned sculptures for private corporations and government agencies in the USA, Europe and the Middle East. A native New Yorker, Mehlman divides his time between his studio in Pietrasanta, the famed stone and marble center of Italy, and his workshop in the “Venice of Brooklyn” the Gowanus Canal area.

Mehlman’s sculptures become infused with spirit and life, changing with the seasons and time of day. These sculptures are constructed of sunlight and atmosphere, as well as stone, glass, wood, bronze and steel. Panes of glass are compressed between layers of marble, onyx, and granite. The surfaces are textured either by the hand of nature or by the hands of the sculptor and reveal eloquent striations of natural history. Although composed and controlled, the resulting works evoke the wild beauty of geological formations.

(Excerpted from the article in Sculpture Magazine by Virginia Maksymowicz)

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010
Kouros Gallery, New York, N.Y.
2009
Aria Art Gallery, Firenze, Italy
2009
Amy Simon Gallery, Westport, Conn.
2008
Il Bottaccio, Montignoso, Italy
2007
Kouros Gallery, New York, N.Y.
2003
Kouros Gallery, New York, N.Y.
2002
Galleria La Subbia, Pietrasanta, Italy
1999
C.S. Schulte Galleries, Milburn, N.J.
1998
Grounds For Sculpture, Fall/Winter Exhibition, Hamilton, N.J.
1997
Chiostro Di S. Agostino, Museo Dei Bozzetti, Pietrasanta, Italy
1994
Trinity Church, Outdoor Sculpture, Art Initiatives, New York, N.Y.
1990
The Upstairs Gallery, Ithaca, N.Y.
1989
Andre Zarre Gallery, New York, N.Y.
1985
Houghton House Gallery, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, N.Y.
1982
Galerie Jean Claude David, Grenoble, France
1979
Suffolk College Gallery and Grounds, Seldon, N.Y.
1978
Castle Clinton, Outdoor Sculpture at Battery Park, Sponsored by O.I.A., N.Y.C.
1976
St. Johns University Art Gallery, Jamaica, N.Y.
1973
Boro Hall Plaza, The Municipal Art Society & the Parks Department, N.Y.C.

COMMISSIONS AND COLLECTIONS (Public and Corporate)

2011
Palazzo Blu, Palazzo D’Arte E Cultura, Pisa, Stone and Glass Sculpture “Literate Stones”
2010
Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Pisa,
Model Commissioned for Piazza San Silvestro in Pisa, Onyx and Glass “Literate Stones”
2009
Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, N.J.
Large Scale Onyx Sculpture, “Compression and Expansion”
2009
Il Bottaccio, Relais &Chateaux Hotel, Montignoso, Italy
Three Stone Wall Relief Sculptures.
2008
Sheikh Fahad M.S. Al Athel, Ryahd, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,
Large Scale Fountain Sculpture in Onyx, “Earthwork II”
2008
One Lincoln Plaza Condominium, New York, N.Y.
Large Scale Sculpture in Lobby, “Bending the Rules”
2006
H.R.H. Prince Faisal Bin Abdullah Al Saud, Ryahd, Saudi Arabia
Large Scale Sculpture in Onyx, “Wadi Sfar”
2006
Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, N.J.
Large Scale Travertine and Glass Sculpture, “The Gulf Between Them”
2004
The Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Ma.
Polychrome Stone Sculpture, “Hero of Conscience”
2004
Villa Buonvisi, Massa Pisana, Lucca, Italy
Onyx, Stone and Glass Sculpture, “Plausible Allusion”
2004
The Library of Congress, Capital Heights, Md.
The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Lithograph
2004
Museo del Vino, Fondazione Lungarotti, Comune Torgiano, Perugia, Italy
Three Sculptural Ceramic Pitchers
2001
Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto, Canada
Large Scale Onyx Sculpture, “Nightwind”
2000
Shelly’s New York, Restaurant, West 57th St., New York, N.Y.
Marble Relief Sculpture, “Triple Play”
1999
Robertet Flavors Inc., Corporate Headquarters, Piscataway, N.J.
Large Scale Onyx Sculpture, “Translucent Seed”
1997
Ristorante Da Cesare, Albaretto Del Torre, Piemonte, Italy
Unique Bronze Sculpture, “Sinister Cosmopolitan”
1996
The Red Eye Grill, Restaurant, 7th Ave at West 56th St., New York, N.Y.
Two Large Sculptures in Hammered Copper, “The Dancing Shrimp”
1994
The City of Fontanil-Cornillon, Traffic Circle Grenoble, France
Site-Specific Sculpture, Concrete, Paint and Light, 75′ diameter, “Controlled Eruption”
1986
Plaza at 40 East 51st St., New York, N.Y. Commissioned by Jack and Lewis Rudin
Public Monumental Fountain in Granite, Glass, Light and Water, “Water Trilogy”
1985
Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, N.Y.
Granite and Glass Sculpture, “The Time of Day is Night”
1984
Sea World Corporate Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
Fountain/Sculpture, Marble and Glass, “Sea Forms”
Commissioned by Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich,
1983
General Electric Corporation, Weston, Conn.
Wall Relief Sculpture, Plexiglas & Bronze Mesh, “Upward Indicator”

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2011
Museo di Sant’Agostino, Pietrasanta, Italy
2007
Westchester Courthouse, White Plains, N.Y.
2006
Comune Di Malcesine, Lago di Garda, Italy
2005
Piazza Porta San Pietro, Cartasia, Lucca, Italy
Parco Internazionale Scultura, Estate 2005, Pietrasanta, Italy
Museo di Sant’Agostino, Centro Culturale “Luigi Russo”, Pietrasanta, Italy
2004
Museo del Vino, Fondazione Lungarotti, Comune Torgiano, Perugia, Italy
2003
Bobbie Greenfield Gallery, Santa Monica, Ca.
Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, N.J.
2002
Chiostro di S.Agostino, Pietrasanta, Italy
2001
Gallery Bell’Arte, Maastricht Art Fair, Maastricht, Holland
Arts Center of Capitol Region, Troy, N.Y.
2000
Chesterwood National Trust Museum, Sculpture Guild, Stockbridge, Ma.
2000
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.
1999
Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, N.J.
1997
Elena Zang Gallery, Woodstock, N.Y.
1996
Museo Pianeta Azzuro, Fregene, Italy
Elena Zang Gallery, Woodstock, N.Y.
1995
Franklin and Marshall College Art Gallery, Lancaster, Pa.
Collezione D’Arte Martana, Ponteronca, Bologna, Italy
Kouros Sculpture Fields, Ridgefield, Conn.
Elena Zang Gallery, Woodstock, N.Y.
Chiostro di S.Agostino, Pietrasanta, Lucca, Italy
Images Art Gallery, New York, N.Y.
1994
Cavalier Galleries, Greenwich, Conn.
Etruscan Museum, Cortona, Italy
1993
La Subbia Gallery, Pietrasanta, Italy
Tribeca 148 Gallery, New York, N.Y.
1992
Musee Dauphinois, Grenoble, France
1991
C.S.Schulte Gallery, Milbourne, N.J.
1990
Genest Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Lambertville, N.J.
1989
Andre Zarre Gallery, New York, N.Y.
Forum Gallery, New York, N.Y.
Carnegie Center, Princeton, N.J.
1988
MTA Arts For Transit, New York, N.Y.
Cavalier Gallery, Stamford, Conn.
Museo Dei Bozzetti, Pietrasanta, Italy
1987
Sandra Gering Gallery, Oyster Bay, N.Y.
Jayne H. Baum Gallery, New York, N.Y.
1986
Galerie Scremeni, Paris, France
1985
Musee des Beaux Arts, Rouen, France
1984
Thorpe Intermedia Gallery, Sparkill, N.Y.
Sculpture Center Gallery, New York, N.Y.
1983
Sculpture Center Gallery, New York, N.Y.
1982
Carrara Sculpture Symposium, Carrara, Italy
1981
Washington Square East Gallery, New York, N.Y.
Rabinovich Gallery, New York, N.Y.
1980
Washington Square East Gallery, New York, N.Y.
1979
Danforth Museum, Framington, Ma.
1978
Neuberger Museum, Purchase, N.Y.
Gerrard Gallery, Woodstock, N.Y.
Ingber Gallery, New York, N.Y.
1977
Robert Schoelkopf Gallery, New York, N.Y.

SELECTED BOOKS AND CATALOGS

2011
Royal British Society of Sculptors, Fogher, Valentina,
Chiostro Di S. Agostino, Museo Dei Bozetti, Pietrasanta, Italy, pp 36 and 37
2010
Ron Mehlman, Maksymowicz,Virginia, Kouros Gallery, N.Y.C.
2009
Ron Mehlman, Budetta, Antonio, Aria Arte Gallery, Firenze, Italy
2007
Ron Mehlman Sculpture, Natural Abstractions, Fogher, Valentina, Kouros Gallery, N.Y.C.
2005
Vetro & Scultura, Venini, Anna and Fogher, Valentina. Edizione Monte Altissimo,
Comune di Pietrasanta, Pietrasanta, Italy
2002
Ron Mehlman, Sculpture, Barrie, Brooke. Galleria La Subbia, Pietrasanta, Italy, and
Kouros Gallery, N.Y.C.
1998
Fall Exhibition: Glass, Barrie, Brooke. Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, N.J.
1997
Ron Mehlman: Recent Sculpture, Cordoni, Giuseppe. Chiostro Di S. Agostino,
Museo Dei Bozetti, Pietrasanta, Italy
1996
Luce D’Inverno, Omaggio alla terra scolpita, Cordoni, Giuseppe. Centro Culturale “Ca’La Ghironda”, Bologna, Italy
1996
La Forma Felice, omaggio agli scultori della Versilia, Cordoni, Giuseppe,
Museo Pianeta Azzurro, Fregene, Italy, p.26
1995
Il Marmo, Laboratori e Presenze Artistiche nel Territorio Apuo Versiliese dal 1920 al 1990,
Maschietto & Musolino Museo Marino Marini, p.212
1995
Contemporary Sculpture, Bronze and Stone, Pavia, Philip. Gruppo Internazionale D’Arte, Comune Di Pietrasanta, August 1995, p.28
1994
Museo Dei Bozzetti, Catalogo Generale, Serafini, Antonella. Toscana Musei, Pietrasanta, Italy p.146
1994
La Grande Mela In Toscana, Todisco, Alfredo. Mostre per L’UNICEF, Commune di Cortona, Etruscan Museum, Cortona, Italy
1994
Symposium International de Sculture du Fontanil, Filippi, Jean-Pierre,
Conseil General de Isere, Fontanil, Grenoble, France
1990
Ron Mehlman Sculpture, Campbell, Lawrence. Upstairs Gallery Exhibition Catalogue, Ithaca, N.Y.
1989
The New York Art Review, Krantz, Les. Published by American References, Inc., p.845
1988
Manhattan’s Outdoor Sculpture, Gayle, Margot & Cohen, Michele. Prentice Hall, p.126
1985
Ron Mehlman, Recent Sculpture, Aub, Ted & Schrank, Linda. Houghton House Gallery
Catalogue, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva, N.Y.
1983
Carved Wood, Kingsley, April. Sculpture Center Gallery Catalogue, New York, N.Y.
1982
Scolpire All’Aperto, Del Guericio, Andrea. International Symposium Catalogue, Carrara, Italy
1977
Brooklyn College Art Department, Past And Present, Hadler, Mona. Robert Schoelkopf,
Exhibition Catalogue, p.71

SELECTED ARTICLES AND REVIEWS

2012
Sculpture Magazine, Maksymowicz, Virginia, The Meditative Eye, The Sculpture of Ron
Mehlman, Nov. 2012, Vol 31, No 9, pp 46-49
2011
Living Tuscany, Giunchi, Sara, Ron and Janice Mehlman in a Nutshell, Pushing
Art Forward, Itinerari d’autore, anno V-numero 37, ottobre 2011, pp.25-29
2011
Ginko Cultura e News, Ghini, Morgana, Mehlman, Ron and Janice,
Apparte L’Arte, No 4, 16 Luglio, 2011, p12
2009
I Quality, Giovanni Pacciotti, Ron Mehlman, La Poesia della pietra,
December 2008, pp166-174
2007
Art News, Gladstone,Valerie, Ron Mehlman,Reviews, New York, May 2007 p.163
Revista D’Arte, Fogher,Valentina, Ron Mehlman Astrazioni Naturali, April Issue
Yedioth Aharonot Newspaper, Ben Haim,Tsipi, Kouros Gallery Review, Israel
2005
Il Tirreno, Mostre, Lucca, Si Fa Bella Col Cartone, Sunday August 28th, p.32
Il Tirreno, Radiconcini,Valeria, Le Statue di Carta Invadano La Citta, August 26th
Corriere Di Lucca, Ricci,Michele, Le Sculture? Diventano di Carta I, August 26, p.14
Corriere Di Lucca, Ricci,Michele, Guida ai Maestri e ai Loro Capolavori, August 26,p14
2000
Berkshires Week, Bonenti, Charles, A Wealth of Sculpture, July 27
1996
The New York Times, WC, Raynor, Vivien, A Sculpture Show With Butterflies,
Sunday July 28, p.16
1996
Year In Review, Vargas,Anahi, A Shared Perspective, The Dana Room Gallery
Franklin Marshall College, Lancaster, Pa., p.3
1995
The New York Times, Raynor, Vivien, When and Where Sculpture Can Be Seen in
Sharper Relief, Sunday, November 12
1995
Sinopia, Rosi, Angela, Una Prospettiva Condivisa, Periodico Versiliese D’Arte E Cultura, Lucca, Italy, December, P.8
1995
Il Tirreno, Rosi, Angela, Storia di Ron and Janice Mehlman, Da New York a Pietrasanta, tra
fotografia e scultura, Pietrasanta, September 6, p.20
1994
Trinity News, Grenz, Linda, Garden of Stone, Summer Issue, pp.16-17
1990
Art in America, Campbell, Lawrence, Ron Mehlman at Andre Zarre, February, pp.174-175
1990
The Ithaca Journal, Bumgardner, George, The Gift to be Simple at Upstairs and Johnson
Arts and Leisure Section, Oct 4
1989
The Sunday Star Ledger,Watkins, Eileen, Carnegie Center Sculpture Exhibition, Sept. 17.
1989
Smithsonian Magazine, Shenker, Israel, A Sculptor’s Heaven On Earth is Italy’s City of
Holy Stone, February Issue, p.110
1987
Arts Magazine, Sturman, John R., Past and Future Monuments: Six Sculptors, December Issue, p. 111
Sculpture Magazine, Recent Commissions, March Issue, p. 21
1986
Paris Match Magazine, Art du Verre Actualite Internationale, Paris, France
1985
Metiers D’Art, Le Canuet, Jean, Art du Verre Actualite Internationale, June, p. 43
Finger Lakes Times, Ron Mehlman’s Sculpture, Geneva, N.Y., March 15, p. 11
1984
The New York Times, W.C., Raynor, Vivian, Familiar and Unfamiliar at the Thorpe,
Arts and Leisure Section, Sunday, Dec. 30
The Journal News, The Primacy of Just Seeing At The Thorpe Gallery, Dec. 14
1982
Le Dauphine de Grenoble, L.D., Le Verre, Le Marbre et Ron Mehlman, Les Arts, p.7
1982
Les Affiches de Grenoble, Ron Mehlman et Le Galerie Jean-Claude David, 11 Juin, p32

PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS

1995-Present
Professor Emeritus, Brooklyn College, City University of NY
1970-1995
Professor of Art and Director of Sculpture Program, Brooklyn College,
City University of New York, Brooklyn, NY
1968-1970
Co-Director & Instructor, The Brooklyn Museum Art School, Brooklyn, NY
1968-1970
Lecturer, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

AWARDS

2012
New York Foundation on the Arts Grant
1987 – 1992
The Research Foundation of the City University of New York (multiple research awards for sculpture)
1983
Musee Hebert, Artist in Residence Award