b. 1968, Ohio
Currently lives and works in Michigan
Laura Teste is an American artist who is best known for her figurative bronzes that embody grace and motion.
Laura Teste was raised in a small town in Ohio. She paired her early aptitude for art & mechanics to earn degrees in both design and engineering from Stanford University in California.
California became a recurring source of inspiration. The time she spent with the Stanford Rowing Team gave her an unshakable appreciation for female athleticism. Years later, galleries along California's Highway 1 moved her to embrace sculpting full-time.
Laura Teste's figures are regularly featured in juried expositions. The Gerald Ford Museum hosted a life-size “Elyse” during the 2021 ArtPrize. She was one of nine sculptors selected for France’s 17th Salon Peintres et Sculpteurs de St. Tropez presenting six of her bronzes Her sponsored solo shows have been hosted by multiple venues including the Arthur Secunda Museum of Michigan.
My sculptures are intimate, personal, and focused. On the surface, my bronze captures a beautiful moment through a tilt of the head, a lift of a finger, and a pull of the fine fabric. With a deeper look, you can see my pursuits of strength and resilience.
I am driven to harness the intensity and insights of women. I want to create moments where you, the audience, recognize a paragraph from your own history. My art highlights figures who bathe in quiet confidence or spirited self-reliance. I hope you see the narratives of new beginnings or long-awaited pivot points.
With a dramatic swirl of fabric or a quiet gesture, my sculpture's art pays tribute to several pillars of self-reliance.
Cut new paths
Define your principles
A sense of love, elation, and accomplishment is my motivation.
We embrace optimism. We brandish joy. We are living.