Benjamin Victor, seorang pematung figur terkenal Amerika, Boise State University adalah sebagai rumahnya di mana ia menjabat sebagai professor of practice. Selain dari perannya sebagai profesor, ia mengelola studio full time menciptakan karya-karya yang kemudian dia tempatkan di lokasi-lokasi seperti Smithsonian Institute.

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Victor in his studio, courtesy; courtesy; https://alchetron.com

Benjamin Matthew Victor lahir pada 16 Januari 1979 di Taft, CA, dia adalah seorang pematung Amerika dan Artis-in-Residence dan Professor of the Practice at Boise State University. Dia juga satu-satunya seniman yang masih hidup yang memiliki dua karya di National Statuary Hall di Ibukota Amerika Serikat. Dia baru berusia 26 tahun ketika patung pertamanya, Sarah Winnemucca, seorang aktivis Paiute di Nevada, dipersembahkan di Hall pada 2005 , menjadikannya artis termuda yang pernah diwakili di Hall. Kurang dari 10 tahun kemudian, patung kedua Norman Borlaug, “bapak Revolusi Hijau,” didedikasikan di Hall pada 2014. Pada 2010, Benjamin Victor menyelesaikan Monumen Taft untuk Pekerja Tambang Minyak, yang saat ini merupakan patung perunggu terbesar di California.

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Bathsheba, Bronze (shown in clay), 1/3 life size, 2013, courtesy; https://www.artpeoplegallery.com
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Bathsheba, Bronze (shown in clay), 1/3 life size, 2013, courtesy; https://www.artpeoplegallery.com
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Bathsheba, Bronze (shown in clay), 1/3 life size, 2013, courtesy; https://www.artpeoplegallery.com
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Bathsheba, Bronze (shown in clay), 1/3 life size, 2013, courtesy; https://twitter.com/davecarcano/status/755079431937466369

Dia tumbuh di Bakersfield. Setelah menyelesaikan sekolah menengah, ia tinggal di Las Vegas, Nevada untuk sementara waktu. Dia kuliah di Northern State University di Aberdeen, South Dakota, belajar seni dan patung.

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Lady Of Shalott, Bronze. 1/3 Life Size, 2017.courtesy; https://benjaminvictor.com
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Lady Of Shalott, Bronze. 1/3 Life Size, 2017.courtesy; https://benjaminvictor.com
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Lady Of Shalott, Bronze. 1/3 Life Size, 2017.courtesy; https://benjaminvictor.com
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Lady Of Shalott, Bronze. 1/3 Life Size, 2017.courtesy; https://benjaminvictor.com
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Lady Of Shalott, Bronze. 1/3 Life Size, 2017.courtesy; https://benjaminvictor.com

Victor membuat karya pertamanya yang mendapat perhatian adalah patung seukuran tokoh Alkitab Samson, yang dipahat ketika sang seniman masih sebagai mahasiswa tingkat dua di Jurusan Seni Universitas Northern State. Karya tersebut  mendapatkan beasiswa untuk Victor”sebagai pengakuan atas estetika dan integritas konseptualnya” dari National Sculpture Society yang bergengsi di New York City. Pada usia 23, Victor ditugaskan untuk menghasilkan proposal trio tentara untuk Memorial Perang Bandara Regional Aberdeen di South Dakota.

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Victor in his studio, courtesy; https://alchetron.com
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PONCA CHIEF STANDING BEAR, courtesy; http://indianaffairs.state.ne.us
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BenjaminVictor is an American Sculptor and Artist, courtesy; https://twitter.com/hashtag/benjaminvictor
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Where cultures meet, courtesy; https://thesustainabilityreader.com
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Victor sculpture, courtesy; https://web.facebook.com/benjaminvictorstudios
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Benjamin Victor stands next to his clay sculpture of Norman Borlaug at the Iowa Historical Building. Soon it will be cast in bronze and in 2014 installed in the United States Capitol as part of the National Statuary Hall collection.PHOTO BY JOHN PEMBLE, courtesy; https://www.iowapublicradio.org
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With his sculpture of Norman Borlaug nearly complete, Benjamin Victor answers questions from visitors at the Iowa Historical Building.PHOTO BY JOHN PEMBLE, courtesy; https://www.iowapublicradio.org
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Victor with his sculture, courtesy; https://web.facebook.com/benjaminvictorstudios

Victor telah menyelesaikan numerous commissions kota, institusi, dan nirlaba untuk karya seni publik di seluruh Barat dan Midwest bagian Utara, sering kali untuk memperingati individu atau kelompok. Dia ditugaskan oleh negara bagian Nevada untuk membuat patung-patung Sarah Winnemucca, seorang aktivis Paiute abad ke-19, satu untuk instalasi pada tahun 2005 di ibukotanya dan satu lagi untuk dipasang sebagai salah satu karya resmi Nevada di Aula Patung Amerika Serikat di Amerika Serikat Gedung State Capitol, Washington, DC Pada usia 26, Victor adalah pematung termuda yang memiliki pekerjaan dipasang di Hall.

Karya patung Benjamin Victor yang berada di beberapa lokasi:

  • Aberdeen Monument to Firefighters, Aberdeen Fire Department, Station #1, Aberdeen, South Dakota
  • Belle Babb Mansfield, monument to the First Female Attorney, Iowa Wesleyan College, Iowa
  • Bob Hoover, Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC
  • Cecil Harris, Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota
  • Community, Wells Avenue, Reno, Nevada
  • Delilah, Avenue of the Arts, Gillette, Wyoming
  • Dr. Norman E Borlaug, National Statuary Hall, Washington, DC
  • Falls Past and Falls Today, Gateway to the Falls, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Independence, S. Wells Avenue and Roberts Street, Reno, Nevada
  • Kansas State Monument to Firefighters, Kansas State Capitol Building, Topeka, Kansas
  • Make a Wish Boy and Girl, Make a Wish Building, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Monument to 1st Battalion 1st Marines, Castaways Park, Newport Beach, California
  • Monument to Firefighters, Fire Station #5, Lawrence, Kansas
  • Monument to WWII Airmen, Boise Airport, Boise, Idaho
  • Portrait of Terry Redlin, Redlin Art Center, Redlin, South Dakota
  • ReTrac Corridor Sculpture Project, ReTrac Corridor, Reno, Nevada
  • Robert the Bruce, Private Collection, Linlithgow, Scotland
  • Samson, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Samson the Mighty, Avenue of the Arts, Gillette, Wyoming
  • Sarah Winnemucca, U.S. National Statuary Hall, Washington, D.C. and Nevada State Capitol Building, Carson City, Nevada
  • Sequoyah, Private Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Taft Oilworker Monument, Taft, CA
  • The Seasons, United Clinic, Aberdeen, South Dakota
  • War Memorial Sculpture, Aberdeen Regional Airport, South Dakota
  • Where Cultures Meet, California State University – Dominguez Hills, Carson, California

References; Benjamin Victor (sculptor) Wikipedia

author; Fitrajaya Nusananta

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