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Robert Bodem

Sculptor Robert Bodem Showcases His Work at Artviva

Sculptor Robert Bodem Showcases His Work at Artviva

Of late, working on the human figure has taken on a new dimension for Robert Bodem. An established sculptor and director of the sculpture programme at the Florence Academy of Art since 1998, Rob feels his experience with sculpture has dramatically changed over the past five years. Much of this has to do with gaining the technical knowledge needed to work with the human body, he says.

‘It’s happening now. I don’t struggle with the figure as I once did. Of course, the challenges of getting the proportion and gesture right are still there. But now there’s another battle that’s different. Now that I am in control of the human form, I can play with the pose, make it move. Finally I can focus on making sculpture speak.’

Over the past two years, Rob concentrated on getting a lot of his work out into the public eye. A number of galleries in Europe and the USA have his sculptures. Last year he took part in key group exhibitions in Dublin, and in 2007 he was invited to show in Venice during the Biennale.

Now, Rob wishes to concentrate wholly on new sculpture projects. He is currently working on the theme of human introversion. He is currently sculpting an imposing figure of a man in a position of hiding within himself. He plans then to develop a female figure on the same scale. Both sculptures will appear acutely aware of each other, each introverted and shy. The idea is that, with the sculptures placed close to each other but without touching, viewers will feel they have come upon an intimate scene.

To get to where he is now, at the age of 37, Rob has trodden a fascinating path, starting as an art student at Boston University and apprentice to the Greek American abstract sculptor Dimitri Hadzi, friend of Marino Marini and Alberto Giacometti. As a boy growing up in upstate New York, Rob initially simply aspired to being an art educator, but his teachers encouraged him to take the subject more seriously, as a professional artist. His family was close to that of Dan Graves, and seeing the rich collection of pictures in the Graves home was a great inspiration.

After a while, Rob felt the need to move on. The combination of a desire for the experience of living abroad and a lingering interest in the figure made Rob decide to go to Florence in 1996. His experience studying at the Florence Academy convinced him to refocus his attention on figurative sculpture, working with clay to cast in bronze or plaster. Rob recalls how Dimitri, when he had gone to take his leave from him, gave him two warnings: ‘Don’t fall in love with the figure, and do not engage in a political conversation with an Italian.’ He didn’t succeed in heeding either one, he admits.

Artviva is proud to announce that we will be working with Robert Bodem. Clients will have an exclusive opportunity to hear the sculptor himself speak about his passion behind the art and see the sculptures themselves. This is an exclusive experience that you cannot miss. What better way to experience modern art in the Renaissance city, see the sculptures, hear the story behind them and meet the artist himself? For more information, and to book, please click here.

Text written by Zoe Bray.

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On 2013/12/15
Ryan Antista said:

Awesome and highly recommended!

I used the Art Viva services while in Florence for two tours, The Uffizi Gallery and the Academia Gallery. Because I went in a low season I was the only client and the company still went through with the service, thank you! I had the best tour guild that I could ever hope for! Her name was Elizabeth. She was knowledgeable, fun to be with, very well informed and broke down the pieces and art history in a way that was artful in and of itself. I give the tour service and specifically Elizabeth a 100% A+ and recommend this group all the way. I had a great experience, thank you so much!!

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On 2013/11/04
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Great tour, Stefan was the best

If you are going to Florence this tour is a must, Volterra is amazing "town in the clouds", and without all the tourists. Stefan made the tour absolutely fantastic and it was the highlight of our holidays.

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An excellent tour. Floriana our guide: friendly; informative and impressively knowledgeable. A dream fulfilled. Thank you.

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On 2013/09/08
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We did the Florence in One Glorious Day. Worth every moment. Klaus entertained, inspired and excited us with his knowledge, delivery and communication. He gave us 'big picture' history and 'little picture' stories, putting humanity into the architecture. Just excellent. Liz helped us enjoy the Uffizi and Accademia with her art knowledge and insight. Both great tour guides. Next time, we'll be back!

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On 2013/08/27
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On 2013/06/29
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Perfect Morning in Tuscany was Truly Perfect

On our last day in Florence we wanted to go off the beaten path. This tour was perfect - hiking, history and beautiful scenery. We can't say enough about our tour guide Stefano - he was exceptionally knowledgeable, accommodating and very personable. By the end of the tour, we felt like we'd spent the morning with a friend. The tour included a delicious lunch at a villa with gorgeous views and great company. We highly recommend requesting Stefano for your tour and lunch.

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On 2013/06/25
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The Orginal Best of Tuscany

Went to Italy for first time for my 40th Birthday... We did the Best of Tuscany tour on our last day.Everything about the trip was amazing! When we first arrived, the ladies in the office were very friendly and helpful! We all met, on time with the minibus waiting for us.Our tour guide, Stephon, was great, knowledgeable and entertaining. The location stops were breathtaking and the tour/lunch of the winery exceeded my expectations. I would recommend tours from ArtViva to anyone!

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On 2013/06/10
vanessa said:

had a fabulous morning with Stephan leading us across the hill tops behind Florence. A great walk in some beautiful county which ended at a great villa. Definitely recommend it and Stephan is a great guide

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On 2013/06/10
David said:

Excellent, highly knowledgeable and professional

I am currently in Italy and last week was in Florence where I used their services for four tours: First Original Florence Walk, then Masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery, Original David Academia Tour and last Best of Tuscany with Volterra. I cannot say enough good things about them. The guides were native English speakers, they were highly knowledgeable and experienced about their subject, and all were very pleasant and helpful. None of the groups I was in last week were very big the largest about 13 or 14. When there was a larger group they split it in half and brought in another guide. They used a radio type communication device in all but one of these groups which worked extremely well for me, since I have a hearing problem and wear hearing aides. The "Best of Tuscanny with Volterra" tour had only three participants even though the minimum states at leasts four. It was the best tour of their offerings and all were great. This is the best company I have used in all my traveling.

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On 2013/06/01
Fred & Cinda Armstrong said:

Two tours with Klaus - David and the walking tour of Florence, one with Helen - Uffizi, and a day in Tuscany with Stephan were all absolutely superb. They were totally knowledgeable, attentive, and timely. We had heard of your company from a colleague. Her recommendation of excellence was totally accurate, and we will be more than happy to pass your name to others whenever possible.

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