Who We Are
Statues.com is a family business managed by the Karpos family. We have been in the classical statue and manufacturing business for over 40 years, beginning with Vasili’s parents in Athens, Greece.
Statues.com was the first custom sculpting studio to offer commissioned marble and bronze art sculpture services online. Over the years our business has evolved to include clients from all over the globe.
Meet the Team:
Our professionalism, passion, experience and technical skill come together in a team that brings all of our combined wisdom to your unique project.
Vasilios Karpos, President
Vasili is the lead Executive Operations Manager, mold maker, raw material supervisor, new design and product developer. He brings over 25 years experience to the company and operations. Vasili’s precision, attention to detail and leadership have become a hallmark of Statues.com
Victoria Karpos, Vice President
Victoria is your lead custom project coordinator. She oversees all new incoming projects, manages the retail and wholesale departments and acts as liaison between client and production process. With over 25 years experience, her passion is helping clients navigate the artistry, creativity and details that go into creating their own custom sculpture.
Elaine Bell, Lead Sculptor
Elaine’s work follows a classical form and carries a significant degree of symbolism. Personal dignity is a dominating theme in many of her sculptures. “I use symbolism and the experiences of life to increase my awareness and to affect my sculpture. Bronze and marble, my chosen mediums, not only grant a permanency to my work, but seek to perpetuate these truths and ideas which heighten our sensibilities and encourage a more civilized society: these enduring qualities which soften, as well as educate mankind.”
Elaine has been Master Sculptor for Statues.com since 1997 providing clients custom sculptures to help them realize their personal artistic visions. Her specialty is classical portrait likeness. Monumental size and life-size figures, as well many life-size busts, have been created with the same attention to detail that the smaller figures, busts and reliefs were sculpted.
Mark DeGraffenried, Vice Lead Sculptor
Mark’s knowledge of the sculpting process is extensive, from the creation in clay and wax casting process, to the final bronze and patina work. DeGraffenried strives to create interest and emotion within each sculpture. “My greatest challenge as a sculptor is to capture the integrity of the human spirit, to convey the experiences of life and all aspects of emotion.”
Mark specializes in large scale bronze commissions. One of his largest projects to-date entailed an edition of four life-size bronzes of an emigrant family, The Crossing, that were placed in prominent locations in England and Salt Lake City.
His work for Statues.com includes limited edition sculptures, portrait busts, medallions and other figurative work.
Shannan Varner, Second Vice Lead Sculptor
Shannan was raised in Southern California and moved to Utah to attend the University of Utah where she studied Art and Political Science. She has been a professional sculptor for twenty five years, with an emphasis on the human form and portraiture. Capturing the personality and emotion in her sculpture has been her specialty and driving force.
What Sets Us Apart?
We combine detail oriented project coordinators and the latest technology with highly skilled artisans and sculptors – all coming together to bring your vision to life before your eyes.
With over 25 years in the industry, we offer a personalized experience, white glove service and a team that prides itself in creating a true work of art.
Our sculptural creations are never mass produced overseas, but rather handcrafted entirely by our team of artisans.
We exclusively offer a patented White Bonded Marble process to our customers that delivers the beauty of marble at a cost that is less than stone.
PROUDLY MADE IN UTAH
Statues.com is a certified “Made in the USA” producer. Our team, production studio, sculptors, bronze casting techs are all located right here in the United States. We also source 100% of our materials from American suppliers and businesses.
To give every customer a team of highly skilled artisans and technology that provides the personalized and customized service of sculpting, molding and replica statue making with the customer’s goals in mind by taking their image or memory and making it into something they can touch, feel and look at forever.
Our goal is to be the most distinguished provider and manufacturer of customized sculptures to buyers worldwide.
OPERATION NEVER FORGET
STATUES.Com has been honored over the years to be the production facility for OPERATION NEVER FORGET, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to building life-size portraiture memorial busts for the families of the brave servicemen and servicewomen of the United States Armed Services whose lives were cut short defending freedom in Afghanistan and Iraq while fighting the war on terror.