A world-renowned bronze sculptor, Chris Barela is best known for creating life-sized sculptures of marine animals. All of Barela’s works are 100% unique. He even creates custom pieces as per his customer’s requirements. Most of her designs are limited editions that have been showcased in countless galleries worldwide.
Chris had a deep love for water right from his childhood. He grew-up near a beach which probably explains why most of his sculptures are an expression of the marine life. He even become a professional surfer which allowed him to explore different parts of the world. Chris was so good at surfing that he even became a finalist at Banzai Pipeline Masters.
After traveling oceans, Chris decided to retire as a surfer but his love for water and surfing didn't die. So, in order to stay connected with his old surfer life and keep his love for the oceanic life alive, he crafted a line of bronze sculptures - which was basically a collection of big fishes.
With time, Barela continued to grow his line of sculptures. Alongside, he was presented with several opportunities in the form of commissions for public installations like Salmon Fountain in Medford, OR and Key West, FL. He was also commissioned for the Time Kelly Statue which stands erected at the base of Hermosa Beach Pier. Another one of his famous creations is the Bob and Bill Meistrell statue in Redondo Beach, CA.
Many of Barela’s artworks are exhibited, owned, and commissioned by professional firms, celebrities, and public institutes.
One might think that Chris is only into bronze marine life sculptures. But, that’s not it. He has also tried his hands in filmmaking and photography. As a matter of fact, one of his short films on octopus got first place at Hawaii Ocean Film Festival.