Tony Natsoulas has been working as a professional artist emphasizing large-scale figurative ceramic sculpture since receiving his Masters of Fine Arts degree in 1985. As an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of California, Davis, Natsoulas was fortunate to have studied with world-renowned funk art professor Robert Arneson. Natsoulas’ pieces are in galleries and museums collections around the world. He was named by the Smithsonian as one of the top 100 craft artists in the United States in 2004. His commissioned work includes several public and private sculptures in bronze, fiberglass, and ceramic. Natsoulas is maintains a studio in Sacramento, CA. He is currently working on a book about his work.
“My recent work consists of larger-than-life ceramic busts; satirically depicting the general nature and eccentricities of my subjects. Humor plays an integral part in the physiological make-up of each character. I use a lot of texture also to bring more energy to each figure. The use of bold, vivid color and the exaggerated gestures also add a dimension in creating the personality and mood of the busts/characters.”