Alicia N. Ponzio (b.1974) began her career as a Lieutenant in the United States’ Navy Nurse Corps.
After experimenting with various mediums in figurative art, she found her voice in sculpture and made the decision to pursue it. She completed her artistic training at the Florence Academy of Art (FAA) in Florence, Italy, where she graduated from the Sculpture Program in 2008. She was then the director of the Artistic Anatomy and Écorché Sculpture programs, as well as a figure drawing Instructor, at the FAA until 2011, when she returned to the United States and set up her studio in downtown San Francisco.
Alicia brings life to her bronzes and plasters, focusing on the abstract movement of forms as embodied in the human figure, as well as the subtle shades of human emotion. She favors asymmetry, irregularity, and variety in design: qualities that suggest a human touch. Her figure compositions and portraits have received honors from several organizations including the Art Renewal Center, the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, The California Art Club, the Portrait Society of America, and The National Sculpture Society from which Alicia received the Alex J. Ettl Grant in 2016. She was artist in residence at Brookgreen Gardens in 2017, and was selected to design the Brookgreen Gardens Medallion for 2018-19. Her work ranges from miniature portraits to larger scale single figure and multi-figure compositions. She works extensively in plaster to achieve her effect, and casts the final product in bronze.
In addition to her sculpture work, Alicia offers classes and workshops in San Francisco at her teaching studio, JHess Studios. She also teaches at venues located across the United States, in Canada, and Europe including Brookgreen Gardens, The University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine, Pixar Studios, and Rome Art Workshops.
Alicia’s work is available through the Haynes Galleries and American Legacy Fine Art Gallery.