Born: 1971, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Robert Christian Bodem is a graduate cum laude in Sculpture from Boston University (1995), where he also
received his Master of Arts in 1998. In that same year Bodem was recipient of the prestigious Alert S.
and Ester B. Kahn Award for his talent in figurative sculpture. During his undergraduate studies, he
worked as an assistant to the sculpture Dimitri Hadzi. He later spent a year as a sculpture student at
the Florence Academy of Art (1995-96), to return in 1998 as the Academy's principal Sculpture instructor.
His exhibitions include group and juried shows throughout Massachusetts and New York. Bodem was recently
selected to take part in the 2002 National Sculpture Society Annual Awards Exhibition (Brookgreen Gardens,
South Carolina, and New York City).
Bodem says about his work: Nature is a great instructor and working from direct observations allows me to
unlock some of her mysteries. The forms that I am able to bring to the surface should clarify my interpretation
of human relationships. To copy nature is an impossibility, but to seek an understanding of particular human
emotion, to attempt to clarify emotional content through silent sculptural form is. I feel it is necessary to
study life, drawing on the inspiration I receive from the subject in an attempt to make poetry of the form.
Ultimately, presenting the viewer with the most essential forms expanding our knowledge and ideas of how we
interrelate to one another.