Michael Canadas: “Within every new piece I trace my own evolution and learning processes as I try to capture the specific essence and moment in time in the life of my subject. I try to retain the beginning strokes and gestures of each sculpture, because that to me contains the excitement and truth of the creative process.”
Michael was born in White River and from an early age exposed to the outdoors and African bush – growing up on the doorstep of the Kruger National Park tends to do that! His works are born from an inherent love and passion not only for wildlife but the ancient peoples and cultures that lived in the area in the earliest ages of mankind.
After matric, he completed a series of diplomas in Wildlife Management and Game Capture, and a degree in Nature Conservation. His passion for art, however, drew him down a new path and in 1998 he began an apprenticeship in an art foundry and commenced his journey to discover the alchemy of bronze.
In 2000, Michael started his own casting foundry, The Loop Art Foundry, which has grown to become one of South Africa’s largest and most respected art foundries. Under Michael’s management, The Loop Art Foundry casts for some of South Africa’s top sculptors.
Thousands of bronze sculptures, from thumb size to some of the most noted monuments in Africa have been forged there. After completing a course on the patination of silicon bronze by top American patineur, Patrick Kipper, Michael went through a bronze casting course at the Dick Pollock Tallip Foundry in New York. Suitably qualified, Michael casts for himself and other world renowned artists.
Looking at Michael’s work, it’s hard to believe that he’s a self-taught artist. His work has been shown internationally by top galleries in Maputo, Kulumgawana and the Alliance France. International fine art bronze collectors from the USA, UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Russia, Mozambique, Singapore, UAE, France, Germany, Canada and South Africa have added his work to their collections.
Michael works on commissions from private collectors as well as corporate clients and organisations, all for life size sculptures such as Sable Antelope, Eland and various birds of prey. Look out for his work in the Kruger National Park and Extrata Platinum Mines should you ever visit.
The Loop Art Foundry offers tours by appointment only.
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