Born 1948, Chelsea MA
Lives in East Hampton, NY and Palm Beach, FL

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Lupus, John Raimondi

John Raimondi. Lupus. 1985. Bronze. 14' 8" High

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14' 8" High

deCordova Museum Permanent Collection 2003.100, Gift of Kirby and Melinda Hamilton

Since receiving his Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1973, John Raimondi has continuously worked on large-scale public sculpture projects. He has exhibited across the United States, and internationally, and can be seen in many public art collections. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; and the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine.

John Raimondi's sculptures range from pure abstractions to expressions of the inherent formal qualities of plants and animals. His outdoor sculptures, despite their monumental size and heavy material, retain a lightness and fluidity of movement. Lupus, Latin for “wolf,” is a stylized form that seeks not to literally depict a particular animal, but to convey a sense of its spirit. Like a baying wolf seated on its haunches, the sculpture strains skyward while remaining fully grounded. Rounded sweeps of bronze imply movement through curves in space. The size of Lupus allows it to speak across great distances, while the attention to texture and color allow it to retain a sensual appeal when approached closely.
Raimondi's interest in animal preservation inspires his work; he believes that if people can admire these creatures, then they will want to protect them.
This sculpture is a smaller version of a 40' work that stands along the banks of the Charles River in Cambridge, Massachusetts.