About Angelo Reyes
As 17 year old teenager in 1967, I found himself staring into the window of a mid-Manhattan art
studio/gallery. This was no life-less collection of three-dimensional art. In the middle of the room was a sculptor named Cipriano fashioning the portrait of a diplomat posing for him. In contrast with the green plasticina clay he was using, were the dozens of white cigarette butts all over the floor. As I watched in amazement, I decided then to pursue clay modeling as my major at nearby Art & Design High School.
Frank Eliscu (renown international sculptor and author) was our teacher for two years. He even
served as president of the National Sculpture Society of New York. He was a pleasure to be with and even invited some of us to his studio in Ossining, N.Y. After graduation I entered the full-time ministry and have continued as a volunteer until now. My art training was not wasted as I have been able to raise a family by sign-painting.
It wasn’t until last year while attending a funeral for my nephew in Ohio that I was inspired to dabble with clay again. You see, my older sister had proudly displayed in her home things I had done years ago, while I had none in mine. My kids didn’t even know I could do stuff with clay. Off I went to Hobby Lobby to feed the craving. It was during this time that I approached Nancy Isett, head of the ceramic/sculpture department at Central Texas College to enroll in class. Because of her enthusiasm and encouragement, I am able to share these pieces with you today.
After selling a few pieces, Ronnie Wells, a renowned artist in Salado, Texas invited me to work with him. I assisted in forming a life size full figure of a gentleman in Houston. Later on we worked in life size wildlife and soon we modeled a 10ft Lion.