The Northglenn Arts and Humanities Foundation (NAHF) announces New Mexico artist Dimitry Domani is the recipient of the 2018/2019 People’s Choice Award for his bronze and steel sculpture “Wings of Freedom”.
“Wings of Freedom” is a bronze/steel cast of an eagle in flight that celebrates life and captures the beauty of humanity. To the artist, bronze is the perfect expression of permanence and strength of spirit. Its resiliency reflects Domani’s life story, his work and his journey.
“My desire is to translate my art into a statement both humanistic and representational into human values and touch upon our personal and spiritual conditions," he said.
The award is part of the city's Art on Parade program, which features on-loan, outdoor sculpture at E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park for one year. The public votes for their favorite, and NAHF works toward buying the piece for permanent display in the city. NAHF has already secured funding from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.
Domani was born in Romania and grew up in a communist dictatorship. His father and brother suffered 11 years of imprisonment under the Ceausescu regime. Displaying natural artistic skill and work ethic, Domani won admission to the highly competitive art school of Timisoara. After finishing his draft term in the Romanian Army in 1978, he began his journey toward the U.S.
He spent a year as a political prisoner in Yugoslavia and two years in a refugee camp in Vienna. He interviewed many times at its American Embassy before finally obtaining a visa to come to the U.S. in 1981. Over the next few years, he gained experience and confidence in art foundries in Salt Lake City and Los Angeles. After moving to Santa Fe in 1988, Domani started a studio and bronze finishing business. He has spent his time ever since creating his art and doing foundry work for other sculptors.
The piece will remain at the park through May, then six new sculptures will be installed. The permanent location for “Wings of Freedom” will be announced in 2019.
For more information about Art on Parade or NAHF, call Michael Stricker at 303.450.8727.