Growing up in geologically rich areas of New Mexico, sculptor RYAN STEFFENS developed a passion for stone. Whether spending summers exploring a high mountain range, a desolate rocky desert, or an abandoned quarry, STEFFENS is committed to showcasing unique regional and rare global stone. His fascination with the patterns, colors, luminous qualities, and textures of stone has only grown with time.
From his early work developing a successful landscaping business, his eye for signature stones quickly set him apart. He became known as the originator of the "water boulder." When STEFFENS began distinguishing himself as a sculptor of new sculptural designs in stone that incorporated water and light features, the transition from artisan to artist was clear. From that time on, he began to work exclusively with stone, combining his mastery of landscape design, adding value to public and private gardens with his stone sculptures.
A forerunner in stone fountain artistry, STEFFENS unites the elements of stone, water, and light to create what he terms “Living Art.” He is unique in the field for his dedication to craft, and his desire to maintain an aesthetic featuring the natural, organic forms and design innate to stone. His sixth sense for spotting the perfect stone, his unwillingness to work with imperfect stone, and his willingness to travel to select mines across the world have only widened the gap between his artistry and the work of others in the field. "What no one can imitate," says STEFFENS, "is my eye for stone, my 24-7 dedication to searching unique locations, and my interest in befriending small mine owners who provide stone to me that very few can obtain. From the time I began working with stone, people copied my style or features, but nobody who is a copyist can get that perfect stone or develop the eye. Only someone as dogged as me can create stone sculptures at this level."
Subscribe to our emails
Choosing a selection results in a full page refresh.