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Chris Barela is a world-renown bronze sculptor who is best known for ability to create life like sculptures of marine life. All of his sculptures are original works of art, some are customized to meet clients needs and some are designed to be sold as limited edition in galleries world wide.
Chris Barela’s love for the water has been lifelong. Growing up at the beach and becoming a pro surfer allowed Chris to travel the world. At the peak of Chris’s surfing career he had made it into the finals at the Banzai Pipeline Masters.
Having traveled the world’s oceans Chris retired from professional surfing however, he still wanted to stay connected, that connection inspired him to create his first line of bronze sculptures, an amazingly life like collection of big game fish, Barela created his own brilliant patina formulas that are now widely used internationally .
Barela’s passion for nature is the driving force behind his art …Chris’s talents are not limited to bronze sculptures, he excels at photography and filmmaking and recently was awarded first place in the Hawaii Ocean Film Festival for his short film on octopus. It is without question that Barela has become one of the world's best sculptors/patina artist, which grants him the honor of being one of the most influential artist of today.