Debra Bacianga's Profile
Debra started making animals from playdough when she was eight years old, forming and drying them on the heater vent at home. Her goal, as a child, was to make a model of each and every dog breed recognized by the American Kennel Club. She made about thirty, representing the breeds of dogs that interested her the most.
As she grew up, there was no doubt where her passion lay- she was going to be an artist. Her love of art anchored her, and with the strength of will so evident in her personality, she refused to consider anything else. She applied to the Tyler School of Art (a branch of Temple University). It was Tyler or nothing. Debra jokes about how lucky it was that Tyler accepted her as she had no back-up plan.
Graduation led to a fortunate apprenticeship with Philadelphia sculptor Caesar Rufo. Working with Rufo on Olympic medallions, she learned the low bas-relief technique (used in the…
- Born on July 27
- Joined January 25, 2009