My next piece "Embryonic Dreams" is ready to get painted on. (click for larger image)


Sculpted Oils is an art form I developed which combines sculpture, oil painting and woodworking in a new and different way. The process begins with creating a curved frame by laminating thin strips of wood into an organic shape. Then I attach a back to the frame and fill it with plaster and carve out a relief sculpture. After that I apply gesso over the plaster and do an oil painting over the sculpted surface. This type of frame creates an organic flow which imparts kinetic energy to the sculpted oils.

Efrain Palermo

"Gravitational Waves"

"Untitled" (piece in progress.)

"Infinite Loops"

Embryonic Dreams (painting in progress)

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Poured plaster for my next two-part piece "Mitosis"

Laminated wood frame detail- Mitosis

An earlier sculpted oil in a rectangular frame

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My mitosis piece primed and ready to paint. To reinforce the soft plaster I brushed on four layers of polyurethane which soaked into the plaster and will give it a tougher 'skin' then I applied four coats of gesso.

I sculpted in actual renditions of cell parts (organelles) and created a chart of them (click here). This a branch of my art style where I'm exploring the 'biological' aspects of my work, but it's not intended to be a high school biology primer. The sculpture is my canvas, but instead of being flat it already has structural meaning and my goal is to either mask or enhance the 3D aspects and divert your immediate attention while the back of your mind picks up the underlying structure. The curved frame adds another subliminal element to this art form.