Gino Miles


Growing up on a farm on the western slope of Colorado near the Colorado National Monument with its enormous stone outcroppings sculpted through the centuries by the river and wind gave Gino Miles an early understanding of the physical elements and balance of nature.  The texture of the plowed fields, the patterns of the irrigation ditches and canals crisscrossing the farmland, interspersed among the stone and foothills, gave Gino a sense of design and balance Farm work gave him experience in hard physical labor, mechanical knowledge, and patience to see things through to the end.

In the early 1970’s, while attending the University of Northern Colorado, Gino became interested in painting and sculpture, which lead him to Florence, Italy. He helped found Italart, a school for American and German students in the Chianti region outside Florence. He taught design and sculpture classes while making and exhibiting his own pastels and sculpture. He studied at università per i stranieri in Perugia and the accademia di belli arti in Florence. He received a Masters of Art degree in sculpture from the University of Northern Colorado in 1979.

Gino spent several years in Europe studying the history of art and absorbing the rich cultural relationship between sculpture and architecture within the surrounding landscape. He was greatly influenced by the ancient ruins and works of the Etruscans, Romans and Greeks, as well as the works of artists at the turn of the century, including Manzu, Marini, Modigliani, Greco,Wortuba,Moore.

Returning to the United States to live in 1984, Gino moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he began working in a bronze foundry and, later, opened his own sculpture business, doing enlargements and bronze work for several other artists, all the while making his own bronze sculpture, frequently varying from figurative to abstract in both small and monumental size.

1995, Gino found a new love and energy for the classical figure in a contemporary context. The balance of the piece in relationship to their base or position within their environment are critical components to the creation of a contemporary statement or tension. Often using only parts of the figures, reminiscent of the fragments of ancient cultures, allows the work to be conceived in a timeless attention to form. His tactile-texture becomes poetry, and his de-accentuation of a story line achieves a harmonious sense of nature and universal truths.

In keeping with his sense of nature and attention to form, his current work involves developing his interest in the knot as an art form. This work is inspired by plants, such as the morning glory, which are one of the only knots found in nature. Another body of work, inspired on a recent trip to Baja with family and friends, is interpretations of forms produced by the sea. In both cases the results beautifully blend the line between the representational and the abstract.