About Peter Mangan
From early childhood I’ve been able to express myself visually. Creating artwork enables me to use both planning and intuition to make objects that communicate to others. The struggle with ideas, materials, and tools is a constant challenge. It is rewarding to bring something original into the world and see how people respond.
I received a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1978. A move to San Francisco in 1979 expanded my artistic awareness by having access to the city’s museums and vibrant gallery scene. In 1987, I received an MFA degree in Sculpture from San Jose State University. I lived and worked as an artist in the Bay Area for 35 years. For 16 of those years, I split my time between S.F. and Texas. Since March of 2014, my wife and I are happy to be full-time Texans again.
Metals and glass are my primary media. The solid strength of metal is a good contrast to the delicate transparency of glass. Both old and new techniques are utilized, from plasma cutting and blacksmithing to computer controlled kilns and medieval glass painting methods. My artwork has been shown and collected in the U.S.A., Europe, and Japan.