(American, b. 1952) Inspired primarily by 20th Century European masters such as Moore, Brancusi, Archipenko, and Marini, sculptor Gino Miles has worked with both monumental and small dimensions since the 1970s. Miles distills his love of the classical figure and objects found in nature, working with a sparse and contemporary language that embodies tranquility. Stripped of an overt narrative, Miles’ abstract forms achieve a poetic harmony of man and nature, with subtle references to both the human form and ancient cultures. Gino Miles became interested in painting and sculpture in the early 1970s at the University of Northern Colorado, where he also earned a Master of Art in Sculpture. He studied at Universita per i Stranieri in Perugia and the Accademia di Belli Art in Florence. A profound love of teaching inspired Miles to help establish Italart, a school for American and German students in the Chianti region outside Florence. After many years of study and work in Europe, the artist and his wife returned to the US and settled in Santa Fe, NM. Miles’ large-scale works are prominently featured in many permanent and private collections throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. Some of these include Spencer Museum at University of Kansas, Evansville Museum, Disney Corporate Headquarters, the cities of Cerritos and Napa, CA, the City of Edmond, OK, and Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY, among others.