Breathing Life into 200-million-year-old marble.
Former Artist-in-Residence, Washington National Cathedral
What's so great about marble?
Natural marble is the most exquisite, inanimate material one might find. It is strong, yet delicate. Light passing through its crystalline structure diffuses in a translucency like human skin. Marble can maintain sharply-defined edges, or shaped into soft, voluptuous forms.
The beauty and permanence of marble made it the first choice of ancient Greek sculptors. Whether transformed into fluffy, cumulus clouds, or roughly textured as Stonehenge, marble can outlast mortal memories, preserving ancient dreams in tangible form.
What do Geo. Washington & Napoleon have in common?
In 1784, the Virginia General Assembly commissioned French sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon to carve a statue of George Washington. Napoleon commissioned the Italian sculptor Antonio Canova to carve a marble likeness of himself as "Mars the Peacemaker". In 1808, Canova carved a life-size, semi-nude sculpture of Napoleon's sister, Pauline Bonaparte. It was commissioned by her husband Camillo Borghese.
In 1816, former President Thomas Jefferson recommended Antonio Canova to the North Carolina General Assembly. They commissioned Canova to deliver a life-sized likeness of Sir Walter Raleigh. 1,600 years before, the Roman Emperor Hadrian had commissioned a likeness of his lover, the "Capitoline Antinous".
If sculptural marble likenesses were good enough for emperors' and American forefahers, they are good enough for you and your loved ones.
Robert Mihaly was born in the Midwest, Akron, Ohio. As a teenager, he began independently marketed art. At 21, he picked up a hammer and chisel. He's been determinedly hammering on rocks ever since.
Between a succession of commissions, Mihaly has traveled the world studying both masterpieces and techniques from thousands-of-years-old traditions from destinations like Pietrasanta, Italy and other thousands-of-years-old traditions from isolated stone-carving villages in China. Combined with the most state-of-the-art tools available, Mihaly has developed various original sculpture techniques.
US Postal Service
State of North Carolina
Commonwealth of Virginia
UNC Chapel Hill
City of Raleigh, NC
Cape Fear Valley Medical Center
Mark Hampton Interiors
Elizabeth Edwards Monument
Wade's Angel Monument
Paradiso and the Inferno Monumental Sculpture
Artist-in-Residence, Washington National Cathedral
Artist-in-Residence, Meredith College
guest lecturer at North Carolina Central University
instructor, Durham Arts Council.
"This letter is an endorsement of his talent based on his significant contribution to our company's headquarters building... and added a dramatic and functional effect to the space."Hugh L. McColl, Jr.
Chairman and CEO
Bank of America
"Robert-- A superb artist who does with stone what Dickens did with words. It's been a great pleasure working with you."Dr. Elliot Engel
Author, Playwright, Actor
Charles Dickens Scholar
Royal Society of Arts, England
"His analysis of the art form, his humility and patience, and his sincerity of purpose always impresses me." "...the highest level of perfection and suitability..." "Robert's winning way and personality almost encourage the viewer to take up the chisel."Thomas S. Kenan III
Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts
Kenan Fund for the Arts
"As Governor of the State of North Carolina, it is indeed my privilege to extend greetings and offer my recommendation..." "I am confident that his artistic contributions... will be equal to those he has made to the State of North Carolina."James B. Hunt, Jr.
Governor of North Carolina
"Robert is a very creative individual." "Not only does he have an aesthetically pleasing artistic ability, but he has a strong sense of work ethic. "Robert is totally devoted to his art.Robert C. Eubanks, Jr.
UNC Board of Trustees
"I am pleased to add my recommendation of Robert Mihaly..." "I attest to Mr. Mihaly's talent that would serve... a very versatile artist... "I am confident Mr. Mihaly's gifts would enhance..."Richard R. Eakin
East Carolina University
"...delighted to give him our unqualified and enthusiastic recommendation and endorsement." "He demonstrated tremendous dedication in working many long days to create a truly outstanding..."Thomas W. Hudson, Jr.
Franklin Street Partners
"capable, insightful, talented and willing... first class, high quality and client-pleasing results... a pure delight to experience... consistently delivered what he promised and pleased all involved beyond their expectations with humility and pride."John E. Couch, Jr.
City Planning and
"I am pleased to add my recommendation of Robert Mihaly..." "I attest to Mr. Mihaly's talent that would serve..." "...a very versatile artist who could certainly fulfill..." "I am confident Mr. Mihaly's gifts would enhance..."Tom Fetzer
Mayor of Raleigh, North Carolina
"It is well with me only when I have a chisel in my hand."
- Signor Buonarroti