“From handprints on cave walls to holograms, it is man’s insatiable desire to qualify our existence, to stand up and proclaim, I was here… We are here”
Henry Schiowitz was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in 1955. From an early age he showed an interest in sculpture. In 1972 he studied at the Philadelphia College of Art and later embarked on a trip to Europe that led him, in 1974, to Pietrasanta where he remained for long periods of time – until 1982 – learning the techniques of marble processing at Pio Pasquini & Figli and at Studio Sem, while he learnt about the fusion of bronze at Fonderia Mariani.
He exhibited for the first time in 1974 by participating in an exposition in Villeparisis in France; then in 1975 he exhibited at the Gross-McLeaf Gallery in Philadelphia. In the 1980s he exhibited in Europe and in the United States, receiving important orders, like the one for the Gruen Watch Corporation in New York. In those same years he travelled to south-east Asia and moved to India for a while, to Mahabalipuram, a city renowned for its granite quarries. In the 1990s he divided his stays between the USA, Italy and Mexico, where he worked with bronze, silver and the local volcanic stone. From 2000, the artist has dedicated himself to large-scale sculpture.
Among his solo exhibitions: U.S.I.S. Gallery at the American Consulate in Milan 1977; Galleria Radice, Lissone, Milan 1977; Galleria Artecasa, Pisa 1980; Galerie Grünerpanter, Frankfurt 1984; Misericordia University, Dallas, Pennsylvania 1987; U.S.I.S. Gallery at the American Consulate in Madras, India 1988; GH2 Gallery, Los Angeles 1992; Randall Burg Gallery, Marina del Rey, California 1992; Nardin Fine Arts in Somers, New York 1993; Gallery Apparao, Madras, India 1988; Galeria Ramis Barquet, Monterrey, Mexico 1997.
His works are present in several public and private collections, among which: Alper Collection, Cambridge; Mirabaud Collection, Geneva; Randy Newman Collection, Los Angeles; Virlane Foundation, New Orleans; Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Bel Air, California; Philip and Muriel Berman, Allentown, Pennsylvania; Seven Bridges Foundation, Greenwich, Connecticut; Allan Stone, Purchase, New York.
Starting in 1976 he participated in several exhibitions in the Apuan-Versilia area, among which: “4 scultori stranieri”, Galleria D’arte Forte dei Marmi 1976; “Mostra internazionale di scultura”, Pietrasanta 1976; “Rassegna d’arte”, Festa dell’Unità, Carrara 1976; “Scultori e artigiani in un centro storico”, Pietrasanta 1977-1979; “Scultura alla Versiliana”, La Versiliana, Marina di Pietrasanta 1982; “Mostra internazionale di scultura” and “Museo dei Bozzetti”, Pietrasanta 1983, “Sulla rotta del bronzo”, Forte dei Marmi 2010. In Pietrasanta he created works also at the Del Chiaro, Mariani, Versiliese foundries and at the Roberta Giovannini clay sculpture laboratory.