For over 25 years, Miles Slater has been tutored, mentored, and guided by master marble artisiani from the Renaissance town of Pietrasanta in Western Tuscany. Pietrasanta sits nestled in the foothills of the Apuana mountain range, only a stone’s throw away from the spectacular and historic quarries of Carrara where the Medici wielded their commercial power in the late 1400’s and where Michelangelo sourced the marble for his greatest works.
It was Slaters creation of Rescue, his iconic sculpture of the fireman carrying a child from the rubble of the bombed Alfred E Murrah building in Oklahoma City, that brought Miles to Pietrasanta.
Miles early works were influenced by the figurative sculptures that surrounded him in the Palla and Barsanti studios where he created his marble sculptures and the Fonderia Massimo del Chiaro where he created models for his bronze castings. Models and life-sized reproductions in marble of the greatest sculptures of the millennia accompanied and encouraged him everyday. The study of human form set the foundation for his metamorphosis into a more abstract representational and abstract works.
Until recently, almost all of his works have benefitted philanthropic organizations- many through sculptural works designed specifically for or through the sale proceeds directed to the specific organization.
Miles sculptures reside in homes, religious and civil organizations, and hospitals throughout the world. Miles combines the skills he learned from the masters with the best materials- particularly Bardiglio Marble- to create his unique works.