Paul Varga has been creating and inspiring others for the better part of the past fifty years. Since 1972, Varga has sculpted and taught sculpting and art classes in numerous capacities.
Commonly implementing Michigan-native materials such as iron ore, clay, and wood (his favorite), Varga works in a variety of media, including cast bronze. His pieces are organic in form and extremely fluid, often mimicking the human figure. Varga intends for each sculpture to represent “the collective strength of mankind” and encourages the viewer to change her or his perspective while observing the pieces. Recently, his sculpture, “Grace,” was exhibited in Art Prize Grand Rapids and his work can be found in galleries throughout our Awesome Mitten.
He credits his upbringing in Detroit and Chicago and frequent visitation to both the Detroit Institute of Arts and Art Institute of Chicago to his subsequent passion for and career in sculpting. Varga graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education and a Masters in Sculpture. From 1973 to 2012, Varga has
taught art across the Mitten, from Marquette County to Detroit and instructed a sculpture class at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids as an adjunct professor. Currently, Varga resides just north of Petoskey, where he also has a studio.