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Andrew Arvanetes


When A Man's An Empty Kettle 
Painted aluminum 
90" x 72" x 48"


My sculptures have always been object¬≠oriented and narrative in nature. The interpretation of my work may not be exactly the same as the intended narrative. More important, the viewer should be able to feel a connection based on their own personal experiences. I attempt to achieve this connection with my audience by utilizing universal visual details. The mechanical and architectural details utilized in my work have evolved into a personal language. These details and symbols combine with the overall form to create the visual aesthetic. Because of my formal approach to fabrication, rational functionality might be expected. On the contrary, the combination of physical scale, personal references and visual details often results in a whimsical and absurd reality. 


Andrew Arvanetes received his BFA and MFA from Northern Illinois University. He has been producing sculpture professionally since 1987. Working in aluminum, stainless steel, bronze, mild steel and wood, Arvanetes has fabricated large outdoor sculptures, gallery-size work as well as low-relief wall constructions. He has exhibited his work throughout the United States, participating in exhibitions, competitions and public art projects. Originally from the Chicago area, Arvanetes has returned to his Chicago roots after operating sculpture studios in central Michigan, Cincinnati and the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Most recently, Andrew was named the winner of the 2017 Lewis C. Weinberg Biennial Award by the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park in Skokie, Illinois.

In 2017 Andrew was named to the list of “50 Fabulous Alumni” by Kankakee Community College, Kankakee, Illinois.

Andrew was selected as a featured artist for Chicago Artists Month 2012 by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago, Illinois.

Andrew is a member of the International Sculpture Center and Chicago Sculpture International. 

Andrew Arvanetes | Bird House

Bird House
Painted Aluminum
84"H x 40"W x 40"D