2018/19 People’s Choice Winner Announced
The Northglenn Arts and Humanities Foundation (NAHF) announces New Mexico artist Dimitry Domani is the recipient of the 2018/2019 People’s Choice Award for his bronze and steel sculpture “Wings of Freedom”.
Domani was born in Romania and grew up in an aggressive and oppressive communist dictatorship. His father and older brother suffered 11 years of imprisonment under the Nicolae Ceausescu regime. Displaying a natural artistic aptitude and work ethic, Domani won admission to the highly competitive and comprehensive art school of Timisoara. After completing his draft term in the Romanian Army in 1978, he began his journey towards the United States. He spent one year in prison as a political prisoner in Yugoslavia, two years in a refugee camp in Vienna, interviewed many times at its American Embassy before he was finally granted a Visa to immigrate to the United States in 1981. Over the next few years, he accumulated experience and confidence in art foundries in Salt Lake City and Los Angeles. Moving to Santa Fe in 1988, Domani established his own studio and bronze finishing business and has divided his time ever since between creating his own artwork and doing foundry work for other sculptors.
“Wings of Freedom” is bronze/steel cast of an eagle in flight that celebrates life and captures the beauty of humanity. To the artist, bronze is the perfect expression of permanence and strength of spirit. Its resiliency reflects Domani’s life story, his work, and his journey. “My desire is to translate my art into a statement both humanistic and representational into human values and touch upon our personal and spiritual conditions” states Domani.
For more information about Dimitry Domani, visit www.domanicontemporary.com
The piece will remain on display at E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park through May 2019, at which time six new sculptures-on-loan will be installed. The permanent location for “Wings of Freedom” will be announced in 2019.
The award is part of Northglenn’s Art on Parade program. The program features on-loan, outdoor sculpture exhibited at E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park for one year. The public votes for their favorite, and NAHF works toward purchasing the piece for permanent display in the City of Northglenn. NAHF has already secured funding for the piece from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).