Evocative of the Renaissance in style and inspiration, Gary Mauro' s fabric bas-reliefs stand at the vanguard of contemporary sculpture. The artist considers himself “a figurative sculptor working in an essentially neo-classical mode.” Yet his idiom is distinctly modern : sculpted fabric adds a third dimension to contours already accentuated by strokes of acrylic, chalk and graphite. He models fabric like another artist might use clay.
Critics are taken with Mauro's “lyrical” and “sensual” quality. “With lush sensuality, Gary Mauro's bas-relief figures emerge drawn in the style of the Renaissance,” wrote ART news Magazine in a 1979 review. ART lines noted the artist's “unabashed love of the figure.”