Michael Keropian was born in Hartford, CT and started drawing when he was three years old. He began his professional career and training as a sculptor at the oldest art school in the country, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1978. During his years at the Academy he majored in sculpture and had the opportunity to work as a conservator fixing the Academy's collection of antique plaster casts, bronzes and marbles; a practice that has continued through the years.
To further his training in sculpture he moved back east to New York's Hudson Valley in 1986 and was employed for ten years at the Tallix Sculpture Foundry in Beacon, New York. He worked with many different artists and learned the many technical skills that go into casting a sculpture and creating monumental works.
In 1989, he started Keropian Sculpture LLC and worked after hours to develop his business. Keropian Sculpture LLC provides sculptural services and consulting to a variety of clientele.
After leaving the Tallix Foundry in 1996, he continued building Keropian Sculpture LLC and began teaching at a number of schools in the New York Metro area, such as the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in NY City, Artlife Studio in Portchester, NY and New Caanan Sculpture Studio.
Michael also continued to do sculpture conservation for a number of private estates, National Academy of Design and Fairfield University's Bellarmine Museum.
In 2000, Michael received a commission to create nine heroic-size tigers for the new baseball stadium of the Detroit Tigers, Comerica Park.
Since the turn of the century Michael has been busy creating a variety of sculptural projects, some of these commissions are listed below.
Memorial bronze plaques and portraits for the Mayor of Brewster, NY John Cesar, Luigi Del Bianco, Bob Steele, Aaron Vays and Edith G. Read. Historic portraits and full figures Edgard Varese, Vic Morrow, Sachem Daniel Nimham, Michael Dunn, Louis Armstrong, Frank Zappa, Dr. Albert Simone President of Rochester Institute of Technology.
He has won numerous awards throughout the years. His sculptures can be found in private collections around the world. Michael is a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, and is the Sculpture Chairperson for the Hudson Valley Art Association and on the Visual Arts Committee in his town of Carmel, NY.Michael Keropian's Website