It is the details that breathe life into Lena Toritch’s figures, expressing the emotion, spirit, and individuality of her subjects, which include human figures, animals, and fantasy pieces. Her recent large monument commission, Utah Law Enforcement Memorial, showed she has a gift for portraying triumph, sacrifice, and patriotism as well.
Toritch mastered anatomy, composition, and technique skills as a graduate student (MFA) at the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts in Russia, her home town. But the drive for perfection in her work is rooted in her upbringing amid the art-enriched culture of Russia. Lena’s father, a professional sculptor, challenged the young girl to always improve on her work through studying great masters of the past and learning to see the world with an artist’s eye.
Granted “Artist of Exceptional Ability” status, Toritch has been working in the United States for the past 15 years. Her commissions come from all over the country for private, corporate, and public collections; her bronzes have been displayed in a number of international shows, including Christie’s Auction house in London
Portraits are Toritch’s love. A keen intuitive sense of a character allows her to instill “the being” into the bronze just by using a few photographs and some background stories.
From children, to prominent figures, to family pets Lena's portraits have enhanced many private and corporate collections around the country. One of them, bronze bust of Dr. Jose Rizal, was installed at the International Sculpture Garden in famous Hermann Park of Houston, TX.
Anna Hyatt Huntington Memorial Award for artistic excellence.1995
American Women Artists Award for outstanding work. 1997
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Did you know that Lena Toritch is a martial artist as well?....She is one of the Sifus(teachers) at Red Lotus School of Movement in Salt Lake City. She practices and teaches Wing Chun kung fu and Yang style T'ai Chi Chuan.