Douglas Leonard Czor

Doug Czor was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in May of 1947. Czor was an artist “from the beginning”. At 3 years old, his favorite toy was modeling clay. He sold his first sculpture, a ceramic bust, at 16 years old. During his early years, he was building and flying homemade rockets, and was completely fascinated with all aspects of Science.

His first love was ART, but a strong interest in Science delivered him into a Geology career. 

Doug Czor Childhood home
Doug's Childhood Home, 1950
Young Doug Czor
Young Czor experimenting

Many of his relatives that lived in the 1800s were artists; they were landscape painters, a cinematographer, a decorative iron worker, and even a furrier in St. Petersburg for the Czar of Russia. Upon arrival in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Czor transitioned, in 1985, from a Geology Scientist to full-time Artist.

Czor loved to combine the creativity of both Art and Science.

Czor’s first commercial art business produced electro-formed copper bas-relief panels for a Santa Fe custom furniture business. These panel creations led to his first public art commission in 1991, which entailed two copper panels for the City of Hobbs, New Mexico.

Furniture bas-reliefs by Doug Czor
Electro-formed copper bas-relief panels
M100 Spiral Draft

Czor was commissioned in 1997 by Air Force Research at Kirkland AFB, Albuquerque, New Mexico, to create a 7′ X 7′ wall-hung sculpture titled, “M-100 Spiral Galaxy in Virgo”; this sculpture was formed from diffraction grating film adhered to hammered aluminum panels and painted with a reverse image technique. Czor chose the M-100 Spiral Galaxy because it was the first celestial object that Hubble Space Telescope focused on to test its repair by an Air Force Shuttle mission. Czor wrote in his notebook, “When I sculpt with materials from the Space Age, I somehow feel closer to the mysteries of the universe and very large scale of events.”

In 2001, Czor was commissioned by Bernalillo County (Albuquerque) to create an edition of two, 6′ diameter bronze bas-reliefs of the Bernalillo emblem. In later years, Bernalillo County commissioned two more emblems; however, for these newer projects, Czor chose the medium of painted, aircraft epoxy-fiberglass.

Bernallilo Co Seal by Doug Czor
Bernalillo Co. bronze seal; M-100 Spiral

During the Fall of 2003, Czor’s professional art career landed him in Roswell, New Mexico; there he constructed his design, “Reaching for The Stars”, from two 35′, painted steel towers that held an 18” stainless steel sphere up to “the Heavens”. This impressive sculpture was commissioned by the State of New Mexico and towers over the front grounds of the New Mexico Military Institute.

Galileo's Library by Doug Czor
Galileo’s Library

In 2004, the Bernalillo County Courthouse Art Collection purchased a 4′ X 4′ diffraction grating sculpture from Czor, titled, “Galileo’s Library”. The sculpture is composed of four diffraction grating panels; it addresses the present day struggle of principles analogous to Galileo’s freedom campaign for Science while he was under house confinement.

In 2005, Czor created “One Wind” for The Festival of Cranes at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. “One Wind” was commissioned by the “New Mexico Art in Public Places Program”. The 7′ high work is composed of stacked flagstone with logarithmic features, topped by a painted steel ring that symbolizes the solar eclipse of three whooping cranes. This majestic sculpture is a memorial to the last whooping cranes to live in New Mexico.

One Wind by Doug Czor
"Reaching For The Stars," Artist installing the Stainless Steel Sphere

From 2006 to 2015, Czor continued to experiment with materials and metaphors that bridge the creative forces between artist and scientist. Czor began transitioning toward conceptual art and/or post conceptual art. Czor explained, “The anatomy of the human visual system is fascinating, and offers an idea of why art is so mysteriously important to our sense of being. 

When we observe a significant artwork, our sensory neural network brings the sensation of light in various frequencies, time, and in 3-D form into our brain. It is fascinating that the optic nerve doesn’t just extend into the visual cortex; optic nerve bundles also lead directly to our amygdala, hypothalamus, and other neural structures; when engaged these areas of the brain affect our state of mind. Studies of biochemical changes in the brain show that upon directing various colors into the eye, remarkable changes occur in the concentration of neurotransmitters and many other brain function chemicals found in the cerebrospinal fluid. Perhaps this phenomenon is one reason why art is capable of heightening our understanding of the world.”

Presently, Czor is experimenting with architectural laminated dichroic glass. We are eager to see what he will create next. For more on Czor’s philosophical beliefs, see his essay, “The Spirit of Humanity”, in the “Articles ” section of his website.

Doug Czor