Carole A. Feuerman is recognized as a pioneering figure in the world of hyperrealistic sculpture. Together with Duane Hanson and John De Andrea, Feuerman is one of the three artists that started the Hyperrealism movement in the seventies by making sculptures portraying their models in a life-like manner. Dubbed ‘the reigning doyenne of super-realism’ by art historian John T. Spike, Feuerman has solidified her place in art history.
Feuerman’s prolific career spans over four decades and four continents. Through her sculptures, she creates visual manifestations of the stories she decides to tell: of strength, survival, balance. She has produced a rich body of work in the studio and the public realm. By combining conventional sculptural materials of steel, bronze, and resin, with more unconventional media like water, sound, and video, she creates hybrid works of intricate energy and psychology.
She has taught, lectured, and given workshops at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, Columbia University, and Grounds for Sculpture. In 2011, she founded the Carole A. Feuerman Sculpture Foundation.
Feuerman exhibits in private and public collections, sculpture parks, galleries, and museums worldwide. Her works are often integrated with architecture and landscaping in the creation or renovation of buildings and sites. An example is her monumental ‘Double Diver’, spiraling 36 feet in the air, is owned by the City of Sunnyvale, California. ‘Survival of Serena’ was chosen by New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to be exhibited in Soho New York and in Central Park for their celebration of ‘50 Years of Public Art in NYC Parks'. It has been included in two Venice Biennale’s. ‘Monumental Quan’ first exhibited in the Frederik Meijer Sculpture Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2005 is was placed in front of the Lotte Palace, across the street from Rockefeller Center. In 2018 is was part of her solo show called Sculpture Link on the beach in Knokke, Belgium. One of Feuerman’s most recognizable pieces, ‘The Golden Mean’, is owned by the City of Peekskill, NY, and can be seen in Riverfront Green Park overlooking the Hudson River.
Feuerman has had nine solo museum retrospectives, the El Paso Museum and in Huan Tai Hu Museum in the Jiangsu province to name a few. She is included in the permanent collections of 19 museums. In 2004, she exhibited in An American Odyssey 1945- 1980, an exhibition that started in Madrid and traveled to Salamanca, Coruna, and ended in QCC Art Gallery, CUNY in NY. In 2009, she exhibited in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence in a show called in Art of Illusions, Masterpieces of Tromp L’oil from Antiquity to the Present, in Piazza della Repubblica, in the Smithsonian Institution’s Portrait Gallery, in Hong Kong, at the National Museum of China, in Korea at the Clayarch Gimhae Museum, the Daejeon Museum, and Suwon Museum. In Germany, she has exhibited at the Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, the Contemporary Art Museum in Aachen, and in Kassel during Documenta 14 (2017). In , she exhibited in a traveling exhibition called Hyperrealism Sculpture 2017 to the Present. The show originated at Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao and the Academia de Bellas Artes de Madrid, then in Mexico, at Marco Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, in Denmark at the Arken Museum of Modern Art then In Sidney, in Germany at The Kunsthal Tübingen. Currently the show is in Azerbaijan.
There are four full-color monographs written about her work: Carole Feuerman Sculpture, both editions published by Hudson Hills Press; La Scultura incontra la Realtà, available in multiple languages; and Swimmers, published by The Artist Book Foundation. Her first swimmer, ‘Catalina’, in included in A History of Western Art, published by Harry N. Abrams, and written by Anthony Mason and John T. Spike.
In 2017, the European Cultural Centre organized a solo show of 12 outdoor sculptures for Giardini Marinaressa, a park on the Grand Canal in Venice for a show called Personal Structures – Open Borders, one of many collateral exhibitions during the Venice Biennale.
Feuerman's newest monumental sculpture "Strength" is on exhibit outside of the National Hotel in Miami, Florida. This past summer, Feuerman had a 12 piece outdoor exhibition in a show called Sculpture Link in Knokke-Heist, Belgium. Currently.
Her selected collectors include the Emperor of Japan, President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Norman Brahman, the Caldic Collection, Mark Parker of NIKE, and Malcolm Forbes.
Feuerman is married with 3 children and 5 grandchildren. She lives in New York City.
Through my sculptures I convey my feelings about life and art. It is far easier for me to express my emotions through sculpture than through words. I portray the inner life f each image I create in order to capture the passion and sensuality of my subject. In this way, my work speaks to the viewer, evoking both an emotional and an intellectual response.
My early hyper-realistic sculptures invite the audience to contemplate the intriguing dichotomy of realty in life and art. While my current work in metal is inspired by the idealized forms of ancient civilizations, in my trompe-l'oeil works, figures are portrayed as fragmented reality. Although only a portion of the body is presented, extensive detailing makes each figure come to life. In contrast, the classical subjects of my work in metal are realized through a technique I developed for dripping and pouring molten materials.
Throughout my artistic career, my style has undergone many transformations, but my passion for art and my love of creating art endure.