James Vilona Biography
Born September 11, 1955. University of Colorado 1975-1979. Member of American National Ski Team through 1979. Served a formal Sculpture and Gem Cutting Apprenticeship from 1980-1983. Owner, Designer and Model maker for Nagalle Designs Jewelry from 1992 to 2004. Numerous International exhibitions of precious metal sculpture and high end diamond jewelry. Educational apprenticeship in Africa, Italy, and Bali.
Jim Vilona began his sculpting career after college in Breckenridge, Colorado in 1978. His works have been created using natural stone materials and have gravitated to more fluid metals, to include Bronze and steel sculpting. "I love using a blend of mediums as my passion for change dictates."
"When I bend metal or pour a casting it gives me great pleasure to see what the fluid metal will do with my ideas." "I love working with rich woods and bronze, and have created beautiful functional designs with both elements blended into design."
Jim is currently using bronze to showcase natural mineral specimens and has found the marriage of materials most exciting. "Using what I have learned in metalsmithing together with my passion for natural minerals has given me inspiration to see where I can take my work". Jim works with fine Galleries nationwide and his Bronze sculpture can be seen in the Time Warner Center in NYC, Art Quest in Marco Island, Florida, River Walk in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and Tyson's Galleria in McLean,Virginia.