PHYLLIS MANTIK DEQUEVEDO
Phyllis Mantik deQuevedo makes her home in Oklahoma City, OK. A native of Canada and a graduate of the Alberta College of Art in Calgary, Phyllis moved to the United States in 1981.
She believes that her introduction to sculpture was by design. From early experiences of seeing an image take shape from a lump of clay, she has delighted in creating. Out of this personal joy she realizes a responsibility; to create work that adds value to our existence, to evoke a smile; to touch someone’s heart and for a moment to capture an emotion. She sees the transforming experiences in life, such as tenderness, intimacy and spirituality as that which enables artistic growth and provides inspiration for her sculpture.
To her, the most powerful art involves the human figure. The inspiration for her current figurative series is flora and focuses on representing botanical forms through metaphors as they relate to human forms and human experiences.
Phyllis works in a design and marketing career along with her sculpture studies. She has been exhibiting and sell ing her artwork since 1991. Her sculptures are held in corporate and private collections throughout the United States and Canada.