Craig Campobella is a professional sculptor specializing in figurative and representational bronze sculpture. He has gained a worldwide collector base for his highly researched and unique approach to capturing his award winning subjects.
Now in high demand, Campobella has just finished two more life-size pieces depicting the close relationship between iconic Texas history legends Jose Antonio Navarro and Stephen F. Austin. These two bronze monuments will rest on a handmade 7-foot white travertine stone pedestal in front of the new Spirit of Texas Bank in Tomball, Texas.
This latest work comes on the heels of a 10-foot bronze monument, hand finished in 23.75 karat gold gild, named “Texas Lady Liberty” that graces the entrance of Spirit of Texas Bank’s 20,000 square foot new headquarters in downtown Conroe, Texas
The Lady is created from the same image that graced the San Jacinto battle flag as Sam Houston and a force of 910 beleaguered volunteers fought for Texas independence. The striking bronze is the first gold gilded monumental bronze made in Texas by Texans, and the first time the lady from the flag has ever been presented in three dimensions.
Sandwiched between these two projects, Campobella sculpted a larger than life bronze bust, commissioned by Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center in Houston, of the dearly loved and respected trauma surgeon Dr. Red Duke, for the new Memorial
Hermann Red Duke Trauma Institute.
Most noted for his 14-foot bronze masterwork “The Texian,” Campobella has enjoyed seeing his depiction of the common fighting man of the Texas Revolution become more recognized than the sculptor himself. Images of the striking bronze figure has been seen on the covers of several books, the interior design of several restaurants including an Applebee’s and multiple McDonald’s, as well as added to the artistic design of new bus stops in Conroe — the sculptor’s hometown.
Campobella has gained artistic respect from such notable and iconic music legends as Grammy Award winners Marty Stuart, Delbert McClinton and Guy Clark who have allowed the artist to sculpt their likeness for the highly anticipated, yearly commemorative bronzes commissioned by the famous Sounds of Texas Music Series. Every edition from the collection sold out within months of their release. Following the loss of Guy Clark and the passing of Sounds of Texas co-founder Jay Ross Martin in 2016, Campobella decided to no longer sculpt the annual pieces.
The artist has won over 60 awards including three Best of Show —the first sculptor in the 55-year history of The Lone Star Art Guild to ever achieve that distinction and the first
sculptor to win any Best of Show. The Lone Star Art Guild includes over 25 art leagues within a 200-mile radius of Houston – the 4th largest city in the nation.
Campobella conceptualized and designed The Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park that has become the face of Montgomery County’s Texas history. The Park showcases and highlights the events, including “The Texian” and historical reproductions of battle and rally flags, that led to Montgomery County being named by the Texas Legislature as the birthplace of the Lone Star Flag. Also featured in the Park is t
he artist’s bronze bust of Dr. Charles B. Stewart, designer of the Lone Star Flag. In 2015, Campobella was awarded the TRUE TEXIAN AWARD from the Sons of the Republic of Texas for his service in promoting Texas History.
Campobella’s original concept and park design was used by a local design group for their technical and construction drawings. The park won a first place Outstanding Park/ Facility Design award from the SW National Recreation and Parks Association.
His creation and production of what is now an annual event – The Montie Awards and Lifetime Achievement Award – gives recognition to the volunteers that produce and perform plays at Crighton Theatre and The Owen Theatre, and celebrates the pursuit of excellence in the performing arts. Campobella designed and sculpted custom awards valued at over $24,000 which he donates to The Players Theatre Company for their glamorous event, made possible by the help of local sponsors he gathered. Campobella receives no proceeds from the bronzes that are sponsored by Spirit of Texas Bank and others noted on The Montie Awards website. He calls it his opportunity to give back to the arts. Just last year, The Montie Awards garnered over 1 million dollars in earned media for the Conroe Downtown Arts District, according to Susan Fitts Communications.
A long time committed and strong advocate for arts and culture, Campobella has served on several boards and committees including Conroe Live Inc., The Friends of the Flag Foundation, Friends of Conroe, Conroe Art League, Downtown Design Committee, appointed by the Mayor to the Conroe Commission on the Arts and Culture, The Greater Conroe Arts Alliance and The Spirit of Texas Foundation for the Arts.
Craig is currently creating and developing many exciting fine art projects in his home state of Texas and across the USA that add to the culture, education and quality of life of each area, while continuing to sculpt his low edition bronze collections.
After 10 plus years of serving on over 10 arts-related boards, Campobella is focusing on his career in a new, private studio in downtown Conroe, working on projects that will teach upcomi
ng generations about special people and events from our nation’s history.
When asked if he has any success secrets to share with other artists, the accomplished sulptor professes, “Never stop working and never, never, ever forget who brought you to the dance.