Sculptors have a way of taking their medium and transforming it into incredible shapes and designs. And the creations from this talented Romanian artist is no exception; the only difference is his tool: a chainsaw.
Gabi Rizea has managed to merge his work as an engineer with his passion for chainsaw art. Three years ago Gabi accidentally discovered his talent for wood carving. He bought himself a new chainsaw and tried carving a human face into a wood block just to try it out. As it turns out, he was pretty good. The artist continued working at it and improving his skills, and today his incredible sculptures are well known in his country.
Gabi would carve a few stumps in his yard until his neighbours began to request his sculptures. Eventually, his home city of Craiova, Romania, allowed him to work on the old tree stumps all over the local parks. Before starting each piece, he has a little fun and makes a quick “sketch” with his chainsaw.
His latest piece Apa—which means water in Romanian—transforms a rotting ash stump into a pail with water spilling out. Located in a children’s park, the work was especially challenging due to the insects eating away at the rotted stump. However, Gabi’s brilliant ideas skillfully molded the hard wood into a silky surface.
Certain to delight the children at the park, Gabi demonstrates through his wood sculptures how imagination is just as powerful as any chainsaw. Take a look at more of his works by visiting his Facebook page.
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Daniel is an Art Director and Graphic Designer with over a decade of experience in advertising and marketing in the Greater Toronto Area.