As a sculptor who works primarily in bronze, in addition to terra-cotta and brass, Leslie Stefanson has devoted her time to her endeavors as a sculptor over the course of the last decade. Previously, Ms. Stefanson pursued a successful career as a model and film actress.
Leslie Stefanson studied human anatomy for about four years under Robert Cunningham, a master sculptor who also taught at his own private school in Los Angeles. Stefanson’s life drawing and sculpture courses with Cunningham prepared her to begin casting her own bronzes. One of her sculptures, I Myself Alone, consists of a female figure on her back. The piece measures 11 x 15.5 x 33.5 inches. The sculpture appeared in Ms. Stefanson’s first public exhibit at the Rourke Art Gallery Museum in her hometown of Moorhead, Minnesota, in summer 2011. She has continued to favor the female form as her primary subject. Her bronzes typically feature solitary women.
Although most of her finished work consists of figures in bronze, Leslie Stefanson has explored other media over time. In 2006, she cast Relief Number One, a flat brass piece measuring 8.75 x 11.5 inches. The sculpture depicts woman lying on a bed. Leslie Stefanson rendered a small terra-cotta statue of a full-figured woman, Untitled, in 2010, after taking additional courses in drawing and sculpture at the 135-year-old Art Students League of New York. For information, visit LeslieStefansonSculpture.com.
As a model, Leslie Stefanson was represented by Wilhelmina Models in Manhattan. She earned roles in a variety of films, including As Good As It Gets and The General’s Daughter. A native of North Dakota who grew up in Moorhead, Minnesota, where her parents continue to live, she moved to New York City in order to obtain an undergraduate degree in English literature at Barnard College, a women’s school associated with Columbia University. She also studied at Alliance Francaise in New York City. In high school, she was a noted long-distance runner who competed in cross country and track.