The Soul’s Journey – long explored through shamanism, mysticism, Jungian psychology and the ancient alchemical approaches to life – has been the consistent inspiration for the work of Ernest Caballero. He describes his work as “…a window or gateway into the world of dream, myth and archetype.” Each of his works invites contemplation of the very human themes that weave through all great spiritual and philosophical thought. We see in Ernest’s work the blending of a classical, figurative technique with this shamanic, mystical world view…a blending which allows him to give visible form to an inner reality of the Soul, where feelings and images exist prior to words or even thought. This is the realm of the Sacred. As a self-taught artist, Ernest has been sculpting professionally since 1976. Working with wood for the first seven years, he created award-winning sculptures as well as commissioned murals, mantels, archways and doors. In 1983, he began sculpting in clay and casting works in bronze, for both limited editions and commissions. Between 1988 and 1999, he cast many works in clear acrylic lucite, creating a series of mythological images as well as a commissioned, sixteen-foot-tall cross with Christ figure, “The Cross of New Life,” for Holy Family Parish in Inverness, Illinois. This is the largest figurative sculpture cast in acrylic to date. Returning to bronze in 2000, Ernest continues to create images that carry a soul-nourishing sense of Spirit and Mystery. A native Californian, Ernest now lives in Northern California with his wife, Susan Sorrell Hill, who is a painter. His son, Brook Caballero, is also a painter.
Ernest is an elected member of the National Sculpture Society.