Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1969, art and metal were a significant part of Boris Kramer’s daily life: Boris’ father, Richard Kramer, was a renowned blacksmith and artist. After completing his post-graduate studies in Fine Arts and Renaissance and Reformation History at McMaster University, Boris committed his future to the artistry of metal-working. Although he shares with his father a fascination for human relationships, Boris has clearly developed his distinct sculptural vision, often with a more dynamic style. No two pieces are alike as each sculpture is hand-formed, using both modern and ancient blacksmithing methods.

Boris Kramer works directly with all different kinds of metal. Whether it is the traditional iron work that his father taught him or the monumental bronze fabrication techniques that he taught himself, Boris understands the principles of forming both hot and cold metal. “As a sculptor, I heat and hand-forge metal until it gives form to expressions of human energy as it engages and relates. Through the medium of metal, I explore humanity and the forces that both draw us together and that separates us from ourselves and each other. I want my art to sustain relevant and meaningful encounters.”

Influenced by movements as diverse as rayonism and impressionism, for Boris, the forging process is the seeking of balance and meaning in form. He believes that art should create a dialogue between the artist and the viewer—the art must touch the mind and the heart. By focusing on the essence of relationships—whether between lovers, family members, friends, or co-workers—he brings strength to those bonds. The contrast between the strength of the medium and the tenderness of the subject matter appeals to many.

Boris Kramer’s impassioned sculptures have a home in numerous corporate and private collections and can be found in many galleries around the world. Whether indoor or outdoor, they continue to make an impact.

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