About Caesar Yanez, Sculptor

Welcome to my passion:
” Creating breathtaking, impressive; stunning works of art”

I was born in Los Angeles, California in the early 1960’s, I have always had a penchant for creating and building whatever caught my curiosity.

I was relentlessly, curious as to what techniques and medium artist utilized to create their works of art, it drove me to experiment; therefore, allowed me to expand my knowledge in a broad array of medium.

I have always enjoyed wildlife and nature as long as I can recall. I was always a big fan of “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” (70’s TV, series)

Caesar Yanez Sculptor

Caesar Yanez working on a life-size African lion

However, it was plastic model building that inspired me to challenge myself in the late 60’s and early 70’s to learn the art of fabricating artistic scenes.

It was my older brother, Sid that introduced me to the model-building hobby.

Experimentation with plastic models, macramé, wood, ceramic, charcoal, oils, acrylics, wax, resin, oil clay; bronze has allowed me to hone my craft. I always focused on making my works of art as realistic as possible. I always enjoyed going the extra step and challenging myself. Realism is the style I have chosen to express my art.

I see my work as an encapsulating moment in time. My collectors and supporters have come to expect and admire my stunning and realistic themes/scenes.

As a child, I have always heard of “starving artists”; therefore, never really wanted to create art for a living. Moreover, I would always hear … “artists are a dime a dozen”, these perceptions of an artist constantly resonated in my mind through the 1970’s.

Consequently, I never desired to make a living as an artist, but treated it as my labor of love; some would say it was my therapy.

In 1980, I opted to attend U.C. Berkeley. However in 1981, I felt Berkeley was not for me; further, so I returned to Southern California to start a family.

In the early 1980’s I enrolled into C.S.U.L.A. and majored in business.

My short stay there was interrupted with an opportunity of becoming a franchisee with Domino’s Pizza. I sold my franchise in 1994 and managed casual dining restaurants from 1994 to 2002.

While bored with the food industry, I would continue my painting and sculpting on the side whenever time allowed.

In the mid 1990’s I was contacted by a dog figurine company and was offered freelance work as a dog sculptor. Several sculptures were produced under their name.

I enjoyed the week-to-week challenges of creating new canine sculptures.

I never enjoyed the constant deadlines and limitations that were placed on my artistic desires.

For instance, I was always criticized by the owner for making my sculptures too large. I did not see the challenge of creating small sculptures.  To me, a sculpture needs to be the focal point, one that demands your attention when you enter a room. Moreover, I did not care for the cold-cast bronze resin sculptures that were being produced.

Many collectors were unknowingly purchasing bonded-bronze sculptures, thinking they were the lost-wax bronze.

For museum quality sculpture art, the bronze statues need to be produced in a precious metal or stone. Plastic just does not qualify as a desired medium.

I own several cold-cast-bronzes and resin-airbrushed sculptures because I admire the detail and emotion the artist has invest into their work.

In 2002 after being so disgusted with the restaurant industry because of the ridiculous hours a manager is expected to work, which translates to a poor quality of life, I retired from the restaurant industry for good.

This was only after my wife Bettina had established her successful Family law practice. Thanks to Bettina, I am now able to dedicate my time on my family and my love of sculpting.

I spent about six years (2000 – 2006) learning the art of woodworking at the Cerrito’s College wood department. Once I learned and understood wood technology, I incorporated my artistic skills into my wood projects. I did this in the form of woodcarvings, which embellished my school projects.

Now the only woodcarving projects I undertake are those that are created for my family. My wife’s Tustin law office is embellished with five solid walnut furniture pieces and one maple base carving that supports a bronze lady-justice.

Woodcarving demands countless hours and most clients do not have the funds to afford such expensive woodcarvings.

Here are two of my past wood carvings while a student at Cerrito’s College.

ambo - Saint Cornelius Catholic Church in Long Beach, California

Ambo

Altar - Saint Cornelius Catholic Church in Long Beach, California

Altar

• The Saint Cornelius Catholic Church in Long Beach, California. One of Cerrito’s instructors asked if I would take on the task of producing the woodcarvings for their Ambo and Alter.

solid walnut entry door

Solid walnut entry door for wine cellar

• A close family client also commissioned me to build them a solid walnut entry door for their wine cellar.

 

Canvas on oil

Canvas on oil

I have taught myself to wood carve, oil paint and sculpt. I will occasionally purchase books and tutorials to enhance my craft. My belief is that no matter how talented one is, there is always someone out there that will emulate your talents and art.

I once heard an instructor tell a student, “claiming to be self-taught” was the worst thing an artist could do. When I over heard this, I was baffled and stunned. To this day, I still do not understand the logic behind his comment. Perhaps there are those that look down on artists that lack the formal art academy training.

I do realize I am pretty ignorant when it comes to art history.

Maybe, it was the type of art that was being encouraged in those so-called schools that kept me from enrolling in an art school in the 80’s, or alternatively, perhaps it was my style of realism that clashed with the abstract modern art that was prominent in the 70’s.

For many years, I did not refer to myself as an artist because of the association of the art that was being produced in the 70’s and present. Everyone used the word, “Artist” very loosely; therefore, the word somewhat lost its’ meaning.

It took many years for me to understand that there are many forms of art; to use a cliché, “different strokes for different folks”, is very true. All forms of art have their purpose in life. Judging someone’s art is not for me, I just like to appreciate it, for what it is… “Someone’s expression”.

Custom dog sculptures

Custom dog sculptures

I am currently undertaking projects such as dog club trophies and custom memorial sculptures for canine companions that have passed.

I am currently devoting most of my time on bronze compositions; hope to network with art galleries.

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