Moana Ponder expresses her artistic vision in classic fine art bronze
with emphasis on the female figure. Raised in a family of artists she
learned the language of visual art from childhood. Her love of dance
and the environment have frequently influenced her choice of subject
She often personifies elements of nature such as the
sea and butterflies into graceful forms that are both elegant and
alive. Other work springs from an inner landscape, one of the mind.
Some pieces are introspective while others reach out to the
infinite. Whatever the subject, there is an attention to lyrical
line and rhythmic movement that delights the eye.
Born in Hawaii she was educated at Punahou School and then the
University of California at Berkeley. Specific study was under
Edy Burke, Tyler
Norman, Fritz White and others as well as study at the Honolulu
Academy of Arts. Time spent in Italy and France also greatly influenced
Originally a painter, she took up sculpture in 1995 and enjoyed a
rapid rise to national attention. In just the first few years of work
as a sculptor her work was exhibited at Chamizal National Memorial in El
Paso, Texas and the National Sculpture Society Awards Exhibit at
Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina and at Park Avenue in New York.
Her work has since been exhibited in fine galleries from coast to coast
and is collected both nationally and internationally.