John De Andrea (born 1941) is an American sculptor known for his realistic sculptures of human figures, dressed or nude and in true-to-life postures.

John De Andrea
Born (1941-11-24) November 24, 1941 (age 78)[1]
Denver, Colorado
EducationUniversity of Colorado at Boulder
Alma materUniversity of New Mexico in Albuquerque
Known forRealistic sculptures of human figures
MovementPhotorealism, hyperrealism, verism and superrealism


De Andrea was born in Denver, Colorado on November 24, 1941.[2][3] He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder and studied at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque on an art scholarship, 1966–8. He lives in Denver.[4]

Work and themesEdit

De Andrea is an artistic representative of Hyperrealism and the Hyperrealism school of art, and specializes in nudes, frequently lovers, which he makes from plastic, polyester, glass fiber with natural hair and painted after naturalistic gypsum castings. His work is often associated with that of Duane Hanson and George Segal.[5][6]

In documenta 5 in Kassel 1972,[7] he presented Arden Andersen and Nora Murphy, a hyper-realistic sculpture of a couple in the act of love-making, made form bodycasts rendered in polyester resin.[8][9]

This alienation between the lovers and their incurable misfortune becomes even clearer with the work shown in Aachen. The man is not only fully dressed and the woman naked, but she clings to him, while he touches her only minimally, in order to not induce an open rejection.[10]

De Andrea's works based on the sculptor and his model are characterized by a sober, professional relationship between the man and the woman; the artist concentrates on his work or rather is shown in situations, where he withdraws within himself to a meditative posture, and retreats into himself, in order to collect his energy and concentration for further work.[11][12]


De Andrea's work is included in the numerous permanent collections, including:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Roy T. Matthews; F. DeWitt Platt (1997). The Western Humanities. Mayfield Pub. ISBN 978-1-55934-433-3.
  2. ^ Frank Henry Goodyear; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (1979). Seven on the figure: Jack Beal, William Beckman, Joan Brown, John Deandrea, Willem de Kooning, Stephen Destaebler, Ben Kamihira, September 20-December 16, 1979. Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
  3. ^ Richard Kostelanetz (13 May 2013). A Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes. Routledge. pp. 2–. ISBN 1-136-80620-2.
  4. ^ Biography, publications, exhibitions, bibliography Archived 2011-07-14 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved August 13, 2010
  5. ^ Joan M. Marter (2011). The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art. Oxford University Press. pp. 1–. ISBN 978-0-19-533579-8.
  6. ^ Joe Sutliff Sanders (28 July 2016). The Comics of Hergé: When the Lines Are Not So Clear. University Press of Mississippi. pp. 66–. ISBN 978-1-4968-0727-4.
  7. ^ John L. Plews; Diana Spokiene (8 November 2016). Translation and Translating in German Studies: A Festschrift for Raleigh Whitinger. Wilfrid Laurier University Press. pp. 191–. ISBN 978-1-77112-230-6.
  8. ^ James Voorhies (24 February 2017). Beyond Objecthood: The Exhibition as a Critical Form Since 1968. MIT Press. pp. 89–. ISBN 978-0-262-03552-1.
  9. ^ Richard Conte; Sandrine Morsillo; Centre d'études et de recherches en arts plastiques (Paris) (2006). Qu'est-ce que l'art domestique?. Publications de la Sorbonne. pp. 66–. ISBN 978-2-85944-553-9.
  10. ^ *John de Andrea Archived 2010-11-30 at the Wayback Machine at Ludwig Forum für internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany, retrieved August 13, 2010
  11. ^ John De Andrea Allegory:after Courbet 1988. Art Gallery of Western Australia, retrieved August 13, 2010
  12. ^ John de Andrea, Sculptor and model Abb. TU Cottbus, retrieved August 13, 2010
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  14. ^ Ursula Peters: John De Andrea. In: Handbuch Museum Ludwig. Kunst des 20. Jahrhundert. Köln 1979; S. 50
  15. ^ "Ludwig Forum".
  16. ^ "John DeAndrea".
  17. ^ "Color in Modern Sculpture (Visit the Getty)".
  18. ^ "Garnet - Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art".
  19. ^ Davies, Bree (8 November 2011). "Why John DeAndrea's "Linda" sculpture won't be seen at the Denver Art Museum anytime soon".

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