This week in EQL.CO Life and Design we are all about a different kind of horsepower. With great excitement we introduce you to the incredible equestrian sculptures by Robert Spinazzola. These highly intricate, clever pieces are simply captivating. Upon entering the infamous Beval Saddlery doors located in New Canaan CT one can’t help but become instantly captivated by the beautifully powerful pieces presented by Robert Spinazzola’s sculptures When asked about Robert’s interest in creating the equestrian sculptures, Robert explains, he was drawn to the idea of horsepower both mechanically speaking in the pieces used and the essence of the horse itself.
My chief goal is to take something that you recognize —steel— and to change it into something that’s totally different.
More about the Artist…
Robert Anthony Spinazzola was born at Harper Hospital in Detroit in 1952. He received an Associates degree in Liberal Arts from Macomb College and then received his B.A. from Wayne State University in 1977. While at Wayne State, Robert developed a passion for the visual arts. Enrolled in the Graduate School of Art History, he left after completing one semester to begin his creative journey. Without any formal art training, Robert relied upon artist friends, instinct and a few welding courses to launch his career in sculpture.
“In 1975 I began working in Cass Corridor, a tough but culturally significant district of Detroit, shaping and assembling discarded motorcycle and salvaged steel parts. The process has evolved into acetylene and electric welded constructions. I still choose to use discarded mechanical artifacts because I find them singularly precious and beautiful. Though I’ve lived in New York over 30 years, the subject of many of my sculptures involves the City of Detroit and its automotive-based workforce. These roots have never left me. Currently home as a symbol has become a centering focus of my work. This is my 40th year of making sculpture.”- R.S