James (Jim) Fatata is a native of North Carolina. He earned an undergraduate degree in 1967 and a Master’s degree in 1969 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed additional postgraduate work in 1989 at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Fatata is an artist who works primarily with clay to create unique, one of a kind, figurative sculptures in the classical style. He artistically interprets and explores the subtle nuances of sculptural forms. His works accurately portray and celebrate the human form while expressing everyday emotions and conveying evocative ideas and themes.
Stoneware clay is the material Fatata prefers to work with since it bisque fires to a beautiful pearl-white color. Fired pieces are then painstakingly hand worked to achieve a result that resembles a marble-like, flesh color or faux bronze finish.
Works by Fatata have been juried into numerous regional and national art shows and exhibitions, and he has received numerous awards for his work. He is available for commissions for those desiring a personal portrait bust, specific figurative sculpture, or animal sculpture. He manages the Raleigh Sculpture Group which offers adults, beginners and experienced artists, a unique opportunity to explore their artistic abilities and expand their art experiences through sculpting with clay. Fatata provides instruction that emphasizes basic sculpting techniques and provides assistance and guidance in accurately seeing, and realistically interpreting, human anatomy. You can see additional examples of Fatata’s work by visiting Litmus Gallery & Studios at 312 W. Cabarrus St., Raleigh, NC 27605 and by viewing his work on the web at: www.litmusgallery.com.