Paul Bloch has been carving sculptures in marble and limestone, as well as bronze, for over thirty years. He works directly (without a model) utilizing the volume of the material and maximizing the limits of the stone. Bloch’s sculpture is improvisational; his first inspiration was jazz. Twelve years of Bloch’s career were spent in Carrara, Italy, which honed his skills and clarified his vision. Paul Bloch was born in New York and studied anthropology, music and sculpture in Cleveland, OH. He moved to California in the early 1970′s and began to seriously pursue a career as a sculptor. For three years he assisted the West Coast sculptor, James Pristine. In l994 Bloch received an Athena Foundation Grant to sculpt at the Mark di Suvero Studio in New York City. Bloch has exhibited in California, New York and Santa Fe, NM, as well as Italy and Switzerland.