Jake Janz is a visual artist who specializes in bronze and steel sculpture for private collectors and public spaces. He holds a BFA in Communication Arts from Otis College of Art & Design, in Los Angeles (2005), and has been a working artist ever since.
Janz has worked with many mediums from pixels to oil paint throughout his artistic career, although in 2014 his creative focus was redirected full-time into sculpture. Following a family tragedy, Janz was emotionally challenged and inspired to create a most meaningful monument in honor of his brother-in-law who lost his life in a heroic ocean rescue in Newport Beach, Ca. Supported by the outpour of an amazing community as well as the Ben Carlson Foundation, Janz donated 2 years of time and effort into creating the 9 foot tall stainless steel Ben Carlson Statue which is now permanently installed near the Newport Beach Pier and will overlook the ocean water for decades to come.
Following the unveiling of his first monument Janz has been commissioned to create numerous bronze and steel sculptures for public spaces working alongside some of the world's top architectural design firms and developers such as Gensler, BrightView, LifeScapes International and Howard Building Company to name a few.
Janz's eye for design and his innovative capabilities truly set his work apart. His creative process starts in the digital realm where he leverages technology and renders his subjects in 3D software which are then CNC machined into full-scale foam figures. From there Janz works with his hands to sculpt and refine all details from the foam prior to the final casting phase.
Janz is passionate about the work that he does, loves the family that he has and feels blessed to currently live and work in Corona del Mar, Ca.