- Vanessa Solomon is an accomplished sculptor and sculptural technician as well as a children’s art teacher. She is a native of Tzaneen, South Africa, who completed her Masters in Fine Art (Sculpture) in 1991, at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
During the political uprisings and turmoil of the 1980s, throughout her studies Vanessa taught children art, working with organizations such as the Community Arts Project (CAP) in Woodstock, Cape Town, and the children’s organization Molo Songololo a non-profit that strives to advance children’s rights. Through workshops with teachers and children Vanessa worked to bring the visual arts to the SA black townships were the arts education was denied to black South Africans.
In 1991, Vanessa was the Curator of a South African Children’s Art Exhibition in, Greenwich, London, UK. The art reflected experiences of township violence. The Exhibition garnered International acclaim traveling for several years to various European countries. In 1993 Vanessa came to the US where she was the first International Intern at Tallix Sculpture Foundry Beacon, NY. At Tallix Vanessa perfected her sculpture making skills in Enlarging, Model-making, Wax-making, Plastic Casting and, Metal Finishing and Patina. She worked with top US and international artists developing new sculpture materials, making large-scale prototypes and public works. Working closely with Artists such as Frank Stella and Frank Gaylord, (Korean War Memorial). From 2004 to the present Vanessa is a partner in the company Razortooth Design, based in Brooklyn, NY. USA. www.carbonsculptstudio.com
Both Kiril Kirov and Vanessa Solomon met whilst working for the Museum Industry. They have built a 15-year professional record with leading American Museums, corporations, institutions and artists. Some of their past clients include Jeff Koons, Sony Pictures, Sony Style, Miller Beer, African American Hall of Fame PA, Melvin Van Peebles, Isaac Julien, Tony Matelli, Charles McGill, StudioEIS, Peroni, Do Something, and Bovis Lend Lease.
Vanessa’s personal sculptures have been exhibited in the US and internationally, notably at the United Nations, NYC, and in the permanent collection of the South African Embassy in London.