Sunday, August 24, 2008

Lavirille Aber - The Heart of Oakland Art

Remarkable portrait artist, Lavirille Aber, was born in Illinois to a single mother of eight.

He creates realistic, edgy works based on different subject matter including popular musicians and singers. He puts his whole heart into his paintings, capturing the personalities of the characters he depicts.

From his earliest memories Aber knew he would grow up to be an artist. He began making art at around age eight and hasn't stopped since!

He arrived in the Bay Area at age 16 and attended Oakland public schools.In his youth, he took jobs where he learned about sculpting and mold making, all the while as he continued to draw and paint in his spare time.

While living in Denver, he worked for the Ed Dwight Studios. There he worked in sculpting and bronze. He was one of the major sculpters of several life size bronze statues of African American history makers in Denver City Park, as well as other historical pieces located in South Carolina. He also worked as a mold maker, creating large garden fountains in Denver. His first job was in St. Louis, MO. at Eagle Arts and Bronze where he work in bronze, sculpting and molding.

His canvas work typically measures around 36" x 48" and is executed in acrylic paint.

Lavirille's work can be found online at Eye of The Art and at Lavirille Aber Art. In addition to paintings, Lavirille is a mold maker and sculptor. He does repair work on sculptures and other restoration work and can be contacted at (510) 978-7552 or email to:

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Stacy Alexander