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Artist Biography




Julie and Omri Rotblatt-Amrany are a husband-wife team of sculptors and painters who founded The Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany in Highland Park, Illinois.

Julie Rotblatt-Amrany

Born in Chicago in 1958, Julie Rotblatt-Amrany has art degrees from the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Colorado. She also studied at University of California at Davis, and in Bordeaux, France. Julie has taught figure sculpture through the continuing education program at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Julie is an international painter and sculptor who is best known as a visionary artist. Her mediums are color and form, those of long-lasting capabilities. Working and studying in Italy, she experimented with various stones and Italian marbles while continuing with plaster and clay. Her forms and subject matter are mainly figurative.

Her vibrant oils, conducive to mural and monumental-sized pieces, are collected both privately and publicly. One of her dreams is to combine her sculpture and painting expertise in a single large artwork - a sculpture and painting ensemble.

To her sculpture credit - as well as Omri's - is 'The Spirit' - the 16-foot bronze of Michael Jordan at United Center in Chicago. Also, the 10-foot bronze of Fr. John Smyth at Marybille City of Youth in Des Plaines, Illinois. For 'The Spirit,' Julie received an award of special merit for public art form the Chicago Bar Association. In 1998, she painted a 10-foot-wide painting for the Kellogg Cancer Care Unit of Evanston Hospital, an in 1999, she co-sculpted with Omri a large project for the Detroit tigers - five 8-foot tall figures in stainless steel. In 1997, she created a new bronze of St. Therese of Lisieux, Edition 9 for the Carmelite Monastery of Philadelphia. In 1999, she completed a seven-foot bronze bas relief of Our Lady of Mount Carmel for the 100-year-old Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, Edition 6.

Omri Amrany

Omri Amrany is an international artist with multi-faced specialties in bronze and metal sculpture, marble sculpture, painting and drawing. His exhibitions and collections span the United States, Israel and Europe.

A naturalized U.S. citizen, Omri was born and raised in a family of artists on Kibbutz Ashdot Yaalov Meuchad in Israel. Mostly a self-taught artist in Israel, he studied marble carving in Italy as well, where he met Julie. Though famous for his large-scale figure sculptures - especially sports notables - Omri is a fine artist with a history of challenging original works combining traditional and montage elements.

Omri's energetic style encompasses sculpture montage, realism and futurism, combining style with exploration of new methods of technology in the use of materials. He is working with the concept of the 'fractal' in geometry, and integrates the fractal philosophically and technically into his works. Omri has perfected the electroforming technique in metal sculpture, and the use of white bronze in figure sculpture. The 12-foot sculpture 'Harry Caray,' unveiled by The Chicago Cubs in 1999, is a white bronze.



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