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Bayasgalan Batmagnai


Artist Statement 

I am a classically trained figurative sculptor. In 2007 I began my professional studies at The Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA. Two years later, I was accepted to study at the Sculpture Program at The Florence Academy of Art (FAA) in Florence, Italy. Following my studies at FAA I completed a Certificate program in ‘Sculpture, Theology and the Arts’ at the Sacred Art School in Florence. I have received grants, including a FAA scholarship in my second year and the Art Renewal Centre (ARC) first place scholarship award (2012) which enabled me to complete my final year at FAA. My studies at the Sacred Art School were assisted through participation in Commission work for the Church, and contribution to program development and teaching.

My portrait works were chosen to be exhibited by The Society of Portrait Sculptors, UK (FACE 2014, FACE 2019 at La Galleria Pall Mall, London). I participated in my first group exhibition in 2014 at Studio 108, Florence, Italy and am currently working towards my first solo exhibition (2018). In 2016, 2017-2018, 2018-2019 I was honored to be a finalist in the ARC International Salon Competitions. 

The passion for sculpting that I have developed over the last years has turned into a wonderful and fulfilling obsession which now feels unimaginable to live without. It’s very difficult to describe what’s happening to me when I sculpt but the sheer contact with clay turns my hands into a living-tool capable of seeing, transforming and creating. Sometimes it’s an overwhelming feeling of elation and pure happiness, other times it’s frustrating as it stumbles upon all sorts of obstacles related to continuous learning and understanding the “subject of my creation”. 

I’m a devoted and passionate human being which I believe is a great advantage to what I do. The last years I have devoted myself to learning how to sculpt and everything I received was vital. I feel like I’ve inherited a great deal of knowledge that is being passed from century to century, generation to generation and however “old” it may be it’s very much alive. I hope my work reflects what I am saying.




 Artist Photo 

Born:  Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Sculpture Education: The Florence Academy of Art

Studio Location: Florence, Italy    

Materials you work in:Clay / Fibre / Bronze

Commissions and Awards/Prizes: 1st place scholarship award (Art Renewal Center) 2012

Winner of Founders' Sculpture Prize 2019, London


Professional Accomplishments 

Figurative Sculpture
- Spring Show 2008, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, USA
- First Place Awards, ARC Renewal Scholarship 2012, USA
- Group Exhibition 2014, Studio 108, Florence, Italy
- FACE 2014, The Society of Portrait Sculptors' 51st Annual Exhibition, Sladmore Gallery, London
- UB Art Fair 2015 Group Exhibition, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
- Finalist, ARC International Salon, USA 2016
- Finalist, ARC International Salon, USA 2017
- Group Exhibition, Ottawa, Canada 2017
- Tangshan China Ceramic Expo, 21st Annual Exhibition, 2018
- Finalist, ARC International Salon, USA 2018
- Hanryu Art Exhibition 2018, Korea
- Korean Art Festival Art Fair, KAFA, Korea 2018
- FACE 2019, The Society of Portrait Sculptors' 55th Annual Exhibition, At La Galleria Pall Mall, Royal Opera Arcade, London 
- HALHINGOL 80th Exhibition, Mongolia 2019 (Best in Show)
- Tangshan China Ceramic Expo, 22nd Annual Exhibition, 2019
- FACE 2020, The Society of Portrait Sculptors' 56th Annual Exhibition, London

- Work in Collections in Europe, Australia, USA and UK



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