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Artist's Studio

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Artist - Educator - Occasional Chef

We moved in the summer of 1996 from our New Jersey home of 15 years to this 200 year-old farmhouse.  Having become familiar with the Galway area over many years of driving through it to a spot farther north on the Great Sacandaga Lake, we decided to seek a simpler life-style than the one we lived in the NY Metro area. 

Originally from New Haven, Connecticut, Ralph Caparulo graduated from Silvermine College of Art (AD), the University of Hartford Art School (BFA), and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Art (MFA). He has practiced his craft since the late 1960s concurrent with a teaching career, presently a member of the faculty of the Schenectady County Community College. In addition, he is available to mentor for the Skidmore College mentor program. He studied metalsmithing at the Royal College of Art in London with noted English jeweler, Wendy Ramshaw, and takes occasional courses to broaden his base of knowledge and skill.

Caparulo built his studio at Wyndbourne to house his major woodworking equipment.  It features a commanding view to the south through its prominent central window.  It in this peaceful, fascinating but orderly disarray of materials constructivist sculptures (mostly), drawings, collages and paintings take shape. This structure also serves as a classroom for independent study students and young artists interested in portfolio development. It is also host to errant hummingbirds and other winged beings that err from their usual flyways.

Using leather, found objects or fabricated elements together with strong influence of Japanese design principles, Caparulo’s work is at once enigmatic and orderly, primitive yet polished, timeless and often whimsical. He draws on a considerable knowledge of meso-American, Egyptian, Norse and Japanese folklore and mythology for inspiration. These cultural sites have captivated and continue to fascinate him and are the focus for much of his continuous study.

Widely shown in juried and invitational venues across the US and Canada, Mr. Caparulo’s art is found in permanent collections of several museums in New Jersey (the Noyes and Bergen) and Pennsylvania (The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts) and, more locally, the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls.  He has a coveted (by sculptors) membership in the North American Sculpture Center in Golden, Colorado, and has won numerous awards and fellowships for his creativity and accomplishments.

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In the artist's own words:

I bring both varied elements and focus to my sculptures: detail orientation and fine craftsmanship, an interest in texture, balance and combinations of unexpected materials; a life-long fascination with ancient, multi-cultural mythologies because of their rich and mysterious origins.  Each ancient society, though markedly different from one another, has a unique clarity in the sculptural works that illustrate their folklore and mythological past. I have perpetual curiosity about what results when I take the next step – whatever it might be. 

I see threads of commonality that run through all of the earliest known western civilizations (the cairns of the Basque region, stones of Brittany, Stonehenge and Avebury in the United Kingdom).  Including interpretations of these common elements in my sculpture will heighten the visibility of these early esoteric cultural histories.

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         AWARDS AND HONORS

  • Michael Leash Memorial Award, Artsbridge Juried Annual, Lambertville, NJ
  • May Audubon Post Award, Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  • Endowed Award, 101st Juried Fellowship Show, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, PA
  • Award, The Fence Show, Rensselaer County Council on the Arts, Troy, NY
  • Award of Exceptional Merit, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ
  • Development Grant, Montclair Kimberley Academy, Montclair, NJ
  • Critic's Choice Award,Juried Show Farrington Keith Art Center,Dexter, MI
  • Westmoreland Award(Body of Work),Westmoreland Arts and Heritage Festival, PA
  • The Burgess Insurance Award.  North American Sculpture Exhibition, Golden, CO
  • Lindsey Morris Memorial Award for Sculpture, Allied Artists of America Show, NYC
  • Purchase Award, Museum of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Study Grant, The Montclair Kimberley Academy, Montclair, NJ
  • Grumbacher Award/Best in Show, West Essex Art Association, Caldwell, NJ
  • Juror's Award.  "Joy of Sacks," Galeria Mesa, Mesa, Arizona
  • Festival Award, Three Rivers Arts Festival, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Best in Show (sculpture), Carrier Foundation Juried Annual, Bellmead, NJ
  • Colorado Award, National Sculpture Exhibition, Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO
  • Fellowship Grant, NJ State Council on the Arts, Trenton, NJ



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Presenting the mythic references by using non-traditional materials, such as leather, stones, twigs, bones, teeth and hand-made objects allows me to produce works that are delicate in character but that also maintain structural relationship. The sculptures might be called visual tracings of significant moments or carved, assembled temples that reveal their own intricate depth.  For the purposes of greater enjoyment of these pieces, consider many layers of materials implying something hidden, mysterious - texts enclosed in leather, items mummified to enhance an unknown stratum of existence, a gradually evolving pool of mystic information.

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Please visit the Gallery page to see the range of work available. For additional information please don't hesitate to contact us.
























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