Bianchini, Henry

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“All my life I’ve had a compulsion to be in a state of movement — in body, mind, and spirit. My forty years in art and the creative process have given meaning to my movement and, each day, awaken me to life’s offerings — gifts found at the door of my work.”

Since settling in Hawaii in 1969, Henry Bianchini has distinguished himself internationally as a sculptor, painter, printmaker, and craftsman. He has earned several Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts commissions, as well as numerous corporate commissions and awards. Henry works with a wide variety of materials, including bronze, stone, concrete, steel, wood, clay, and paper in his foundry, kiln, and production studio. His experience includes creating and installing works that are a part of overall building and landscape design (gates, walls, sculptural installations). He says, “I want to express truth. I am in constant search of simpler means to do that. I strive to portray a joyful and humorous outlook on life and human activity.”

Henry has a strong sense of Hawaiian culture and art and a strong connection with early Hawaiian voyagers. He originally sailed to Hawaii from Southern California on his self-built 30-foot trimaran, “Island Dancer,” in August 1969. As he approached the Island of Hawaii, he viewed the eruption of Mauna Ulu from 200 miles at sea. The experience left him with a unique sense of the dynamic and creative forces manifested in the Island of Hawaii, his home for almost 50 years.

Henry Bianchini’s work will be featured in Niaulani’s Outdoor Sculpture Garden, “Worth of Water.”   Volcano Art Center hopes to honor the life-giving waters of the Hawaiian rainforest with this diverse collection of outdoor sculptures. Visit the Niaulani sculpture garden in person to see his work.

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