Hilal Hibri

Hilal (Lalo) Hibri sculpting during Great Day SA show

Hilal (Lalo) Hibri is an artist born in Beirut, Lebanon who calls San Antonio, Texas his home. Lalo’s artwork explores the intersection of nature, technology, and human experience. He grew up watching his father, a doctor and glass artist, create intricate glass pieces. After completing his BS in Biology with a concentration in Behavioral Ecology at Wake Forest University, Lalo pursued his passion for art by becoming an apprentice to Portland-based glass pioneer Linda Ethier. Lalo has since gained extensive experience in analog model making, multi-media casting, 3d rendering, and site-specific public art.

Lalo’s art is diverse, ranging from pate de verre vases to large abstract sculptures. He constantly experiments with new techniques and processes to push the boundaries of his medium, and his professional experiences in industrial design, e-commerce, and SaaS startup founding have equipped him with project management, communication, and leadership skills. He has collaborated with cross-functional teams, including engineers, designers, and marketing professionals, to deliver high-quality and aesthetically-appealing products that exceed customer expectations.

With technical skills in CAD modeling, generative design, 3D printing, and injection molding, as well as expertise in analog sculpting and mold-making, Lalo has the creative vision and technical expertise to bring his art to life. He has attended courses with McNeel and at Pilchuck Glass School, where he honed his skill

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Al Hilal 26" x 20"x 4" , 12 kg cast crystal Al Hilal is a captivating glass sculpture modeled in clay and cast using the time-honored lost-wax casting technique. The textures are varied and dynamic, lending to a sense of transformation that speaks to the cyclical nature of life. Its textured translucent form transmits varying shades of light as you view it from different angles and adds a touch of sophistication to any interior. The overall effect is one of a vibrant, centered energy that draws one in and captivates the mind.

Crystal Sword - cast crystal - 32"x6"x2" This gorgeous glass sword artwork features a clear, sharp blade that radiates an impressive gleam, encased inside a one-of-a-kind bronze handle

Tidal 21"x18"x 6" , 15kg cast crystal Introducing 'Tidal' – a breathtakingly beautiful three-dimensional crystal sculpture. This statement piece features a masterfully crafted Fibonacci spiral of wave-like curves with captivating Fibonacci fractal patterns overlaid, creating a mesmerising effect. Perfect for those who appreciate the mathematical beauty of Phi – the golden ratio of 1.618 which is present in the sacred Fibonacci sequence of consecutive integers.

Eden Warrior - 30"x18"x8" - 80lbs Eden Warrior is a unique work of art created to evoke the legend of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Hand sculpted and cast with the lost-wax method, this beautiful masterpiece is made with cast crystal, 24 karat gold and patinated bronze, and features delicate fig leaves with metal clasps revealing a stunning crystal texture

Infiniti Within - 30"x18"x6" - 80lbs Bring the beauty of nature indoors with the magnificent Infiniti Within crystal torso. Handcrafted with the lost wax technique, this glass wall piece evokes an ethereal elegance in your space. Expertly crafted with organic and geometric textures, this sculpture is an inspiring reminder to explore the unknown within.

Lady Marguerite - 30"x18"x8" - 80lbs La Marguerite is a one-of-a-kind crystal sculpture made from dozens of hand-sculpted daisies. Marvel at the intricate details of each and every petal, from the tiny leaves jutting off from the sides to the vibrant textured centers where the petals congregate. This eye-catching piece is 2" thick and features a polished back that was then gilded with 24 karat gold for added light reflection and sophistication. To top it all off, select areas of the front of the sculpture are then coated in spectacular 24kt gold, giving it a truly unique and luxurious look

Siren of Andromeda - 22"x18"x18" - 105lbs This exquisite sculpture of the Siren of Andromeda captures the eternal grace and beauty of its legendary source of inspiration with incredible detail and artistry. Sculpted with organic and geometric textures and hand-crafted with the lost wax technique, this mesmerizing bust of the mythical creature will bewitch everyone that sees it.

18"x 5"x2", 2 lbs, Pate De Verre The Peony vase is a timeless piece of art-nouveau beauty. Crafted using the pâte-de-verre technique, the subtle vibrance of its semi-translucent glass lights up any room it graces. Its intricate floral design, with bas-relief sculpting of a peony, gives it a classic art nouveau feel. Hand-painted into a negative refractory mold with powdered glass of varied colors ranging from a soft pink to a deep, warm orange gives this piece a special, personal touch, making this piece of art a truly one-of-a-kind treasure.

Future Pharaoh - 14"x8"x4" - 14lbs Experience a piece of ancient Egypt enhanced with a futuristic twist with this one-of-a-kind Future Pharaoh crystal bust. This timeless piece was hand-sculpted and cast using the lost-wax method, a method used to create detailed and intricate sculptures. This delicate yet powerful statue depicts a future version of Cleopatra, illustrated with a headpiece studded with snakes, sacred geometry, and iconic embellishments.

Artist Statement of Work

Tell us about your work (style, approach, philosophy, subject and/or theme):

My artistic practice is driven by my fascination with the intersections of nature, technology, and humanity. I am inspired by the beauty of the natural world and the science behind it, which I deconstruct into fundamental patterns and forms. I combine these elements in dynamic ways employing CAD, 3d printing,  silicone mold-making and multi-stage sculpting to create works that capture the essence of transformational energy present in all forms of matter.

My journey as an artist began with my father, who instilled in me a love of glass and the many techniques used to manipulate it. I have since expanded my repertoire to include a range of techniques, from cast crystal objects d'art to large-scale multi-media installations. My involvement in installations at Burning Man brought to my attention the powerful impact that scale can have on the viewer's experience, prompting me to explore the possibilities of casting transparent resins and incorporating controllable LED lighting, which has become a hallmark of my work.

My process involves careful refinement, where the creation of the basic form, surface design, coloring, and finishing are treated as distinct stages. Whether I’m analog sculpting with my arsenal of silicone molds, or CAD modeling, I integrate organic and geometric designs into the forms I create.

I believe that glass's transparency and the versatility of casting make it uniquely suited to address the challenging social issues of our ever-changing world. By integrating various natural and technological patterns into my work within the context of the human form, I aim to express the impermanent and interconnected nature of existence. My latest works seek to augment reality, stimulating the viewer to contemplate and digest the symbols in a new way.

My vision for a new line of work is to create sculptures that give shape to the intrinsic, ever-flowing energy that permeates the universe. Drawing inspiration from the intricate patterns and fractals found in nature, including spirals, geometric shapes, and other natural forms, my sculptures will capture the essence of these patterns, allowing them to take on a physical presence that is both striking and beautiful. 

Through my art, I hope to challenge viewers to see beyond the surface of things and connect with the deeper forces that shape our world. I believe that my sculptures can serve as a bridge between the physical world and the unseen energy that drives it, inspiring contemplation, conversation, and a greater appreciation for the beauty and complexity of the universe we inhabit.

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