Raymon Elozua is a visual artist. He began his career creating large scale photorealist sculptures of American industrial architecture. In 1984, he undertook a multimedia project on the decline of the American steel industry. Traveling to mill towns across the country, he took photographs of abandoned mills, researched in public libraries, and scoured bookstores for any printed material related to the steel industry. In 1988, he completed the art project, "Home Scrap," a series of sculptures, paintings and photographs, accompanied by a printed catalog, shown in New York City and museums across the country. Since, he has worked on several different series of welded steel and ceramic sculptures referencing the vessel and abstract expressionist paintings.
He has taught at New York University, Pratt School of Design, Rhode Island School of Design, California College of Arts & Crafts and Louisiana State University. He has received three National Endowment for the Arts grants in painting and sculpture and a New York State Foundation for the Arts grant in ceramics. His work has been featured in many solo and group shows and appears in numerous public and private collections. In May of 2003, the Mint Museum of Art and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design presented a career retrospective survey of his sculptures, paintings, photography and digital works.
I would like to personally thank Allan Chasanoff for his cameras, generosity and support for the construction of this web site.
Micheline Gingras has been a pillar of support. Her enthusiasm and encouragement in realizing this project was instrumental in its success.
Ken & Barbara Schmitt, long time residents of Mountaindale, N.Y., have been a font of information and resources concerning this area, allowing me a personal insight into its rich history.
Robert Ellison and Rosaire Appel always conducted inspired criticisms of my photographs which encouraged me to always evaluate and improve my work.
Ethan Crenson and Amanda Alic are responsible for the elegant and functional design of this complex website as well as all others I have created. Their enthusiasm, dedication and attention to detail has made this project feasible and pleasurable. They are partners in the web and graphic design firm Red Shift: www.rdshft.com