Carole Feuerman

 Carole Feuerman

Artist, sculptor.

Executive member of Le Soleil Foundation.

Carole Feuerman

-Artist, sculptor.

Executive member of Le Soleil Foundation 


Carole A. Feuerman (born 1945) is an American sculptor and author working in Hyperrealism. She is one of the three artists credited with starting the movement in the late 1970s. She is best known for her iconic figurative works of swimmers and dancers. She is the only artist to make life-like outdoor sculptures and the only woman to sculpt in this style.

Growing up in New York, Feuerman was deterred from being an artist. She attended Hofstra University, Temple University, and graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City to begin her career as an illustrator. During the early 70’s she went by the artist’s name Carole Jean, illustrating for The New York Times and creating album covers for Alice Cooper and the Rolling Stones, to name a few.

She has taught, lectured, and given workshops at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon Guggenheim Museum. In 2011, she founded the Carole A. Feuerman Sculpture Foundation. Her artworks are owned by thirty-one museums, as well as in the collections of the City of Peekskill, New York, the City of Sunnyvale California, Former President and Former Senator Hillary Clinton, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Mr. Steven A. Cohen, Alexandre Grendene Bartelle, and the Malcolm Forbes Magazine Collection.

Feuerman’s public works have been displayed across the globe, including but not limited to: Central Park and SoHo, New York, l’ Avenue George V in Paris, Harbor City in Hong Kong, Milan, Rome, Giardino della Marinaressa in Italy, New Bond Street, Canary Wharf in London, and Knokke Heist in Belgium, the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution; the State Hermitage Museum; the Venice Biennale; Galleria d’Arte Moderna; Palazzo Strozzi Palace and Palazzo Reale in Milan.

Feuerman’s selected awards include the Best in Show at the Third Beijing International Art Biennale, Beijing, China, the 2001 Lorenzo De Magnifico Prize for the International Biennale of Contemporary Art in Florence, Italy, the Prize of Honor in 2002 for the Ausstellungszentrum Heft in Huttenberg, Austria, and the Medici Prize awarded by the City of Florence.

She lives in New York City, and is the wife of Ronald Cohen, and the mother of Lauren Leahy, Sari Gibson, and Craig Feuerman, and the grandmother of Hannah and Sam Leahy, and Isla and Kai Feuerman.


Through my sculptures I convey my feelings about life and art. It is far easier for me to express my emotions through sculpture than through words. I portray the inner life of each image I create to capture the passion and sensuality of my subject. In this way, my work speaks to the viewer, evoking both an emotional and an intellectual response. 

My early hyper-realistic sculptures invite the audience to contemplate the intriguing dichotomy of realty in life and art. While my current work in metal is inspired by the idealized forms of ancient civilizations, in my trompe-l'oeil works, figures are portrayed as fragmented reality. Although only a portion of the body is presented, extensive detailing makes each figure come to life. In contrast, the classical subjects of my work in metal are realized through a technique I developed for dripping and pouring molten materials. 

Throughout my artistic career, my style has undergone many transformations, but my passion for art and my love of creating art endure. 

Carole A. Feuerman