Wayne Shaffer has been creating sculpture since 1980 when he graduated with a BFA from Colorado State University, where he studied ceramics with Richard Devore and sculpture with John Berland. In 1982 Wayne relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area to establish a studio and work in the bronze casting industry for Piero Mussi at Artworks Foundry in Berkeley CA.
Wayne has created sculpture in wood, steel, ceramic and stone, but his medium of choice is cast bronze. With over twenty years of experience working in the field of fine art casting as a sculptor, foundry man, mold and pattern maker, and sculptural enlarger, Wayne has developed his knowledge of metal casting. Creating his own work and working with notable artists such as Stephen DeStaebler, Nathan Olivera, Robert Graham, Ron Garrigues, Bruce Wolfe and others.
Currently Wayne continues to work as a sculptor and teacher of visual art. He maintains a studio and foundry in Oakland CA. His work draws inspiration from nature in all its forms. The sense of unity, of simple movement and timelessness that one finds in nature are combined with the recurring themes of the vessel as an art form, the human figure, and landscape. The forms have been described as minimal, but he prefers to think of them as organic and essential.
2009 “EARTHBORN” DADA CONTEMPORARY, TUSCON AZ
2001 “NEW WORKS” GAMEL FRASER, MENDOCINO, CA
TWO PERSON SHOWS
2004 “EROSION” w/JIM HAYNES VARNISH FINE ART, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
1996 “WAYNE SHAFFER/BILL HAYES” 111 MINNA, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
2010-2011 “METTLE” PARADISE RIDGE WINERY, SANTA ROSA, CA
2008 “FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SHOW” VARNISH FINE ART, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
2007 “THE BACK ROOM” VARNISH FINE ART, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
2006 “BAY AREA BRONZE” VARNISH FINE ART, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
2005 “CITY OF PARIS” 111 MINNA, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
2004 “BAY AREA SCULPTURE” VARNISH FINE ART, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
2003 “GRAND OPENING” VARNISH FINE ART, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
2001 “7 YEARS OF 111 MINNA” 111 MINNA, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
2001 “HOSPITALITY HOUSE AUCTION” STEPHEN WIRTZ, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
1998 “ELEMENTS” 111 MINNA, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
2004 “SERENITY” UCSF COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
2005 “LANDFORM” UCSF CANCER RESOURCE CENTER
SAN FRANCISCO, CA