Lena Toritch’s Biography

Lena Toritch, MFA, has become one of the most brilliant sculpture artists of our time. With a keen eye, compassionate heart, intuitive insight and extraordinary skills she consistently creates exceptional bronze statues that receive the highest praise and appreciation. This Master Sculptor breathes life and spirit into every statue she creates.

Her love for art and training started as a young child in St. Petersburg Russia where her father was a professional sculptor. He challenged his young daughter to study the great masters of the past, continually strive to better her work and learn to see the world with an artist’s eye.

Toritch was a graduate student at the prestigious St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts in Russia. She mastered human and animal anatomy, the history of art and architecture, composition, drawing, and sculpture. But she yearned for artistic freedom and opportunity so she came to the United States in 1992. Toritch was granted citizenship under the status of “Artist of Exceptional Ability.” She soon teamed up with Sculptor Richard Young who owns Young Fine Art Studio in Salt Lake City. Young was also a sculptor and had created many large scale monuments of his own design and for other famous artists. With Young’s experience and business sense and Toritch’s remarkable artistic talent, they formed an unbeatable team that consistently and reliably delivers impressive world class sculpture.
St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts in Russia

St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts in Russia

Achieving the likeness and capturing the spirit of her subject is a personal and very emotional process for Toritch. She feels the emotion and history behind a sculpture is incredibly important. Toritch works with her client to capture that vision and emotion in each and every sculpture she creates. As a result, Toritch’s portrait statues look very natural, full of life and bear that intangible “real” quality that makes them timeless works of art.

Notable National and International clients

Historic Mission Inn. Riverside, CA
National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum. Fort Pierce, FL.
AMWAY (US, China, India and Malaysia chapters)
Military Service Dog Memorial/ Dogs Queensland. Brisbane, Australia
Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Buffalo, NY
US Department of Justice.
Zion’s Bank. Park City, UT
MARSOC Foundation. Camp Lejeune, NC
Primary Children’s Medical Center. Salt Lake City, UT
Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial. Katonah, NY.
Philip G. McCarthey Family Foundation. Salt Lake City, UT
Utah Law Enforcement Memorial

“I have been creating large, custom portrait and memorial statues for over 25 years. My work is meticulously representational but, equally important, I capture the inner essence of each individual that I am honored to replicate in bronze. Bronze is a legacy medium, durable and versatile, requiring little maintenance and depicting very fine details.

I put the work into researching, studying and understanding my subjects. I love that sense of challenge, when I must see the future monument through my client’s eyes, and a great satisfaction, knowing that I succeeded–often exceeded–the expectation.

The timeless themes of love, joy and happiness in art are healing. Even struggle, pain and loss can be viewed through a lens of beauty or reconciliation. Art possesses its own energy, and I like making that energy positive. Through thoughtfully designed shapes and proportions I establish a flow of energy that breathes life into each sculpture, bringing harmony and balance to the final statue and its external environment.”

—Lena Toritch