Chris Barela's passion for nature is the driving force behind his art.
His love for the water has been life long. Growing up at the beach and becoming a pro surfer allowed Chris to travel the world. At the peak of Chris’s surfing career, he had made it into the finals at the Banzai Pipeline Masters.
Having traveled the world’s oceans Chris retired from professional surfing however he still wanted to stay connected. That connection inspired him to create his first line of bronze sculptures. Barela studied with a patina master & created the original formulas used to create his signature look today.
His bronze sculptures are signed and numbered limited editions and each comes with its own Certificate of Authenticity.