Gilbert Boro

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New York born sculptor, lives and works in Connecticut. Gilbert says about his art: my sculpture is concerned with the concepts of space, place and scale using various materials such as steel, stone, aluminum, wood, and even plastic. The materials do not set my direction, instead I attempt to make the materials yield to me while still preserving and embracing an understanding of their limits. My work relies on formal clarity and uses variations of complementary elements. To me the challenge and joys of creation are equally related to visualization and execution. My approach requires understanding and executing the entire process of creating sculpture. I don’t believe that art needs to solve or define problems for the public. What art should do is provide the best opportunity to retain or regain the creativity we all had as children and let us feel we can experience the work without intellectual limitations and rules.

His work has been exhibited in galleries, art centers, public art venues and private collections throughout this country and in Europe. Some of his large sculptures are now on view at Sculpt Miami and Kavachnina Contemporary gallery in Miami and at Sculpture on the Green invitational exhibit in Cashier’s, NC. In Connecticut, his work can be seen at Wachovia Bank (Madison), Purdue Pharmaceuticals office park (Stamford), the Sculpture Mile (Ivoryton), Studio 80 and Sculpture Grounds (Old Lyme), Goodwin College (East Hartford) and the University of Connecticut at Avery Point (Groton).

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about the artist

Gilbert Boro was trained as an artist and architect, but thinks of himself as a sculptor. His thought processes are invested in a three-dimensional vocabulary. He works with many materials and physical processes, dealing with their relationships in space and how the viewer can move through that space. He draws from natural formations such as falling water and sails tossed in the wind, and then focuses on the creative process. Listening to the materials and making them meet and balance as a cohesive work of art are important objectives for this sculptor.

He says, “I am an abstract sculptor dealing in space, place and form. My work relies on formal clarity and uses variations of complementary elements. I work in stone, steel, wood, aluminum and plastics, and I use computer-aided design where appropriate. I believe that the challenge and joys of creation are equally related to visualization and execution. For me, working in sculpture is a compulsion rather than a possibility.”
“I have spent many years exploring different art movements, studying sculptors from various schools of thought, and developing my own skills. These days I am still working on sculptures related to the many images that have accumulated in my mind over the years, starting when I was an art student and continuing over decades of dealing with the rigors of architecture.”

His vocabulary uses planes, curves and various repetitive industrial elements. He believes that “art should not necessarily solve or interpret problems for the public, but should provide an opportunity for us to regain the creativity we all had as children.”

“My approach requires the ability to execute the entire process of sculpture. I believe a sculptor should recognize our figurative history and the importance of the human form. I begin a sculpture with the traditional process of making sketches and working out the form with maquettes. The ultimate scale is based on the idea that sculpture is more than an object in space, becoming a place in itself.”

Gil Boro was born in New York City and had a distinguished career spanning more than forty years. He has worked as an architect, educator and international design consultant. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and both Bachelor and Masters degrees in Architecture from Columbia University, where he received two traveling fellowships. He has had numerous visiting teaching positions and has devoted much of his time working with emerging artists and nonprofit arts groups.

His sculpture has been exhibited in numerous galleries and purchased by individuals, corporations and foundations throughout the United States and in Europe. Some of his work can be seen at Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds in Old Lyme, Connecticut. These facilities are located on four acres along the banks of the Lieutenant River In the historic district of Old Lyme, which is considered the birthplace of American Impressionism and has become a refuge for abstract sculpture.

The Sculpture Grounds are open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm seven days a week.


Select Exhibitions

  • Sculpt Miami, Miami, FL
  • Red Dot Art Fairs, Miami, FL & New York, NY
  • Art Expo New York, NY
  • Art & Design of the 20th & 21st Centuries, Boston, Ma
  • Art in Public Places, Stamford, CT
  • University of Connecticut at Avery Point , Groton, Ct
  • Goodwin College, East Hartford, CT
  • Housatonic Museum, Bridgeport, CT
  • Bryan Center, Duke University, Durham NC
  • Great Neck Art Center, Great Neck, NY
  • Wilber & King Center, Guilford, CT
  • Budapest Exposition ‘95, Budapest, Hungary
  • Somersby’s Landing Invitational Show, Newburyport, MA
  • The Sculpture Mile, Madison, CT
  • Equinox Exhibition, Grounds for Sculpture, Old Lyme, CT
  • Kavachnina Contemporary, Miami, FL
  • Diana Levine Fine Arts, Boston, MA
  • Broadway Gallery, New York, NY
  • The Gallery at Firehouse Square, New London CT
  • Sculpture on the Green Bi-Annual Invitational Show, Cashiers, NC


Honors and Awards

  • Public Works Competition 2008, Havert L. Fenn Center, St. Lucie County, FL—Finalist
  • The Fifth Crossing Annual Juried Exhibition, Hygienic Art Galleries, New London, CT—Awards (3)
  • Sculptors Guild, New York, Juried Member
  • American Institute of Architects, Emeritus
  • President, Board of Trustees, The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, West Rutland, VT
  • William Kinne Fellows Traveling Fellowship, Western Europe
  • Inter-American Development Fellowship, Mexico
  • Boston Society of Architects, Honor Award
  • American Institute of Architects, Award of Merit
  • McGraw-Hill, Award of Merit


  • Red Dot & Art Expo, March, 2011, Gilbert Boro, 2011
  • Sculpt Miami Contemporary Sculpture Art Fair, November, 2010 Gilbert Boro, 2010
  • Kavachnina Contemporary, Miami, Florida Gilbert Boro, 2010
  • Diana Levine Fine Art, Boston, MA Gilbert Boro, 2010
  • Crossroads Chronicle, Arts on the Green, Waltzing Bull 10, July 21, 2010 (Center story, sculpture on page 2)
  • “World Famous Sculptor Calls Connecticut Home”, Annie Mame, July 20, 2010
  • Hartford Courant, “Sculpture from Connecticut Artist Installed on Goodwin College Campus”: 5.15.10
  • Newburyport News, Port Scene; Dynamic Designs, Sculptures bring ‘Energy and Form’ to Port’s Waterfront, Sonya Vartabedian, October 22, 2009
  • Artscope: Just Around the Bend: From the Old-School to the Adventurous in Southern Connecticut by Lisa Mikulski, September/October 2009
  • Old Lyme’s Boro Exhibits at Gallery One, August 14, 2009
  • The Art Guide - Cover, Northeast Edition, September 2009
  • New Haven Magazine: Takin’ It To The Street, February 19, 2009
  • Carving Out A Dream, The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, Edited by B. Amore, 2007 Kokoro Press, Gilbert Boro - a featured sculptor.
  • The Gallery Guide, Southeast Edition, Florida, Gilbert V. Boro - The Scirocco Series Dec 2009
  • Saturday is “Sculpture Day” in Old Lyme, October 29, 2008
  • LymeLine: Celebrating the Autumn “Equinox” in Sculpture, September 17, 2008
  • Conversations Hosts Sculptor Gilbert Boro: Comcast Public Access Channel 14, August 2008
  • The Day: Something for Everyone, August 29, 2008
  • North Haven Courier: Bee & Thistle Sculpture Garden, August 28, 2008
  • Republican American: Cultural Mecca, July 19, 2008
  • The New Haven Advocate - The Sculpture Mile, July 17, 2008
  • The Art Guide - Cover, Northeast Edition, May 2008
  • INK Publications - Feature Article: Gilbert V. Boro, Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds, Place and Space - The Progression of a Process. April 2008
  • The Source: Living - Out of the Gallery and Onto the Green, June 2007
  • The Day: Garden Gallery - Bee and Thistle Inn Gives Ground to Sculpture. June 2007
  • The Pictorial Gazette: “A New Twist on Local Art.” Sept. 2006
  • Main Street News: “ A New Twist on Local Art. Sept. 2006
  • The Lyme Times: “Pipe Dreams.” Sept. 2006
  • New London Day: “Field of Dreams.” Sept. 2006

select collections

  • Goodwin College, East Hartford, CT
  • University of Connecticut, Avery Point, Groton, CT
  • Duke University, Durham, NC
  • CVT Ventures, San Diego, CA
  • Charette Corporation, Woburn, MA
  • Peakview Office Park, Denver, CO
  • Budapest Exposition 1995, Budapest, Hungary
  • Stead Street LTD., Melbourne, Australia
  • Naples Bath & Tennis Club, Naples, FL
  • Chapman Partners Inc., Boston, MA
  • Wedgewood Place, Winchester, MA
  • Patriot Bank, Boston, MA
  • Broadway West Community Center, S. Portland, ME
  • Greenridge at Lincoln Station, Lincoln, MA
  • Village Square North Pembroke, N. Pembroke, MA
  • Trinity Village Commons, Brockton, MA
  • Francis Gatehouse Mill, Lowell, MA
  • Wang Center, Lowell, MA
  • DEC Computer Corp, Maynard, MA
  • Mt. Washington Development Co., Bretton Woods, NH
  • Brookside, Acton, MA
  • Quechee Lakes Center, Quechee, VT
  • Washington University, St. Louis, IL
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