The University of Miami Lennar Foundation Medical Center in Coral Gables has turned the sleek walls and high ceilings of their light and airy lobby into a sculptural art gallery at 5555 Ponce de Leon Boulevard.

Key Biscayne Artist Claudia de Ledebur is the beneficiary of this aesthetic transformation as the premier presenter in an ongoing exhibit free and open to the public until the end of May.

Originally from Argentina, Claudia began painting with oils and was influenced by teachers like Jim Shell and Nilda Comas.

She and husband Juan have traveled the world raising their four children in Germany before moving to St. Croix where her paintings are prominently featured in a national gallery of art. They moved to Key Biscayne two years ago.

“I’m a colorist…in my paintings, what most attracted me were colors,” said de Ledebur.

“What I love about sculpture is I can work with the human form in a three dimensional space.”

The pieces on display are of terracotta, patinated terracotta, and bronze, in elegant mastery of a deft hand celebrating profoundly captivating insights into humanity.

“It starts evolving from images I see….each work takes many months to complete. First I set each piece in clay, let it rest for two or three days and come back. The work keeps changing.”

The completed collection of whimsical elegance at Lennar Foundation Medical Center in Coral Gables, 5555 Ponce de Leon Boulevard is open from Monday through Friday 8am to 5:30pm. For more information visit claudesignmiami.com.

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