About Us

We are Goran and Hortensia King. Our intention here is to share our love of art with those that are as excited about art as we are. These are creations that we felt you might enjoy. Some were created by me, Goran King, others by M'Lady and my Queen, Hortensia, seen here created in black granite and white marble, . But most were created by us both in a combined effort.

M'Lady-My Queen

Goran K. King

Ripped by Goran K. King
Artistic Upbringing

Born in New England in 1942, sculptor Goran K. King received his first pocket knife at the age of 7 and has been carving ever since. As a child, Goran was fascinated with facial expressions, redrawing faces he found in magazines and changing their expressions to sad, happy, and angry. By the time he was 9, he was carving the wooden totem poles he saw in his western comic books, which led to his love of three-dimensional art. He stopped seeing old corroded statues around town, and began seeing them as sculptures.

His first visit to the Boston Museum of Fine Art at 12 years of age was a major turning point in his life; he was awestruck by a display of Rodin’s work. The passion and raw emotion depicted was far superior to the stoic, almost mannequin-like, work of the other sculptors on display in the museum.

Forever by Goran K. KingIn 1973 Goran chose to put his passion aside to work two jobs in order to support his growing family. It wasn’t until 1997, when he married his current wife Hortensia, that he was inspired to once again pursue his passion of art. Together, they took stained glass classes and formed a business designing and creating natural stone medallions for floors and walls.

Last year, Goran decided to revisit sculpture, an art form he hadn’t touched since 1973, starting with the wax bust of “Sitting Bull” (seen below). Sculpture served to keep his creative juices flowing, and he has been studying methods, materials, and techniques steadily for the past six months.

Goran says, “My work is conceived and inspired by life itself, hence the lean towards figurative realism. I seldom sketch, draw, or take pictures; instead I study and get to know and perhaps capture the emotions of my subject long enough to reincarnate his essence.”




Sitting Bull by Goran K. KingWhile creating his sculptures, Goran experiments with a myriad of materials, including clay, resin, wax, wood, and stone. About his process, Goran muses: “Sometimes I can look at a lump of clay and see the end result, other times it’s like opening a present, I just start removing the packaging—whether clay, wood, stone, or wax—and am surprised at what is inside. Wow, what a rush! I have actually awakened from a sound sleep so excited about an idea that I had to begin it, just to watch it evolve and change into something totally different…and awesome."

His sculpture “Sitting Bull” (pictured right) began when he read an article online about the historical figure that didn’t match the stories he’d remembered reading in text books. Ghostwriter by Goran K. KingIntrigued, Goran dug into the history of Sitting Bull from the Native American perspective. After doing his research, he held the block of wax for a long time knowing that Sitting Bull was in there, wanting out, and eighteen hours later, out he came.

Goran sculpted “Ghost Writer” (pictured left) using polymer resin in his "casting-the-void" method, where the void is the sculpture. He discovered this process as an alternative to the very expensive bronze casting process and applied it to his work at Mount San Antonio College’s Fine Art program in 1973. The addition of light gives it a crystalline affect.

The casting-the-void resin sculptures are unique to Goran; as far as he's aware, he's the only sculptor using this method.

More examples of Goran's "casting-the-void" method are seen in the sculptures below: "Grandpa's Little Dude" (left) and "Emergence from Chaos" (right): 

Grandpa's Little Dude by Goran K. King  

 Shows & Accolades

i-Beggar by Goran K. KingGoran shows his work consistently throughout the Sacramento region, including shows at the prestigious Blue Moon Gallery, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, and, most recently, at the Colonial Heights Branch of the Sacramento Public Library.

Goran will be submitting three pieces in this year's 2011 Bold Expressions 56th Annual International Open Juried Art Exhibition in September with “Emergence From Chaos” (above right), “The Garden” (below right), and “Ripped” (first image in article).

He has also submitted two pieces--"Grandpa's Little Dude" (above) and "Eve" (in video above)--to the Valley Sculpture Artists 14th Annual Membership Show this September at Gallery 2110

In 2007, Goran and Hortensia, also an artist, won entry into the coveted California State Fair’s Fine Art Competition, taking home three awards for their natural stone medallions, a few of which can beIn the Garden by Goran K. King seen in the Stone Gallery.

“Ghost Writer” was accepted and displayed at the 2010 Bold Expressions 55th International Juried Art Exhibit, in Sacramento, CA. From 283 entries from around the world, only 29 art pieces received an award and King’s “Ghost Writer” was among them. 

In addition to his sculptures, Goran has found success as a writer. After telling stories of his youth to his children and wife, Hortensia finally persuaded him to write a book, No Time To Duck, which was met with much praise--read the rave reviews from readers and fellow authors here. The book is also available for purchase on Amazon.

Goran and Aiden sculpting

Today, Goran continues to follow his artistic pursuits, submitting his work to as many shows and competitions as possible. When he's not doing that, he's training his apprentice, three-year-old grandson Aidan, in the sculptural process. With every new sculpture Goran creates, he leaves Aidan’s mark--it takes about three-times as long, but Grandpa and his apprentice enjoy every second if it!


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