Will Pupa was born in California to Italian-American parents who both came from the same province, “Caserta”, in the “Campania” region of Italy near Naples. Will grew up in Southern California. He did his BFA in sculpture at CSULB and then went to study in Florence at the Academy of Fine Arts and completed his degree in sculpture in Carrara, Italy. In addition to these formal studies Will also attended artistic anatomy courses for two years at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest.  After ten years in Europe, the last two of which were devoted to an apprenticeship in the studio of a leading figurative Italian sculptor in Pietrasanta, Will returned to California.


In California Will taught Figure Drawing and Figure Sculpture courses at community colleges, art schools and universities while continuing to pursue his own artistic work.

He acquired the studio of his teacher in Pietrasanta, Italy and for years used it to offer private sculpture lessons and complete commissioned works. He organizes and directs the annual Summer Study Abroad program to Tuscany Italy for Loyola Marymount University. Presently Will is Artist in Residence in the Marymount Institute at LMU. Will is married to Giada Garofalo who is originally from the Mediterranean Island of Sardinia and they have a daughter.





 Academy of Fine Arts Carrara, Italy

            Foreign Diploma Degree in Sculpture, MFA degree equivalent 1997

 Academy of Fine Arts Florence, Italy

            Sculpture Fellowship Invitation, 1991-1992

 Academy of Fine Arts Budapest, Hungary

            Drawing and Anatomy Apprenticeship, 1996-1998

 California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, California

            Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture, 1994



Teaching and Academic Experience


2007 to Present           Artist in Residence, Marymount Institute at Loyola Marymount

                                University, Los Angeles, California

2002 to Present           Director: Summer Study Abroad Program in Italy, Department of Art and Art

                                History, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California

2001 to Present           Professor: Drawing I; Drawing II: Figure Drawing; Figure Workshop; Sculpture

                                Workshop, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, California

2006 to 2007               Professor: Life Drawing, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles,


2001 to 2005               Adjunct Professor:  Beginning Drawing; Intermediate and Advanced Life

                                Drawing, El Camino College, Torrance, California

2001 to 2003               Instructor:  Fundamentals of Drawing, Palos Verdes Art Center, Palos Verdes,


Summer 2002              Director: Independent Art Program, Sculpture and Drawing Pietrasanta, Italy

1998 to 2000               Studio Instructor: Fundamentals of Drawing, Life Drawing, and Clay Modeling

                               in Tommasi Studios, Pietrasanta and Florence, Italy

1992-1995                    Teaching Assistantship:  Sculpture Techniques: Armature Construction; Plaster

                                Molds; Foundry Procedures




Professional  Studio Management


1998 to 2000              Head Apprentice: Studios of sculptor Marcello Tommasi in Florence and

                               Pietrasanta, Italy.

1996 to1998                Appointed Apprenticeship:  Budapest Studio of  Professor Tibor Kiss  in

                               Budapest, Hungary.

1994 to 1995               Cofounder and Director: Janos Foundry, Cararra, Italy, Development,

                               construction and maintenance of foundry.



 Exhibitions  and  Presentations


“Flourish Not” McNish Art Gallery,  Oxnard Community College,

            Oxnard, California; 2005

“Skin and Bones” Da Gallery,

            Pomona, California; 2004

“The Shepherdess and Chimneysweep” Crazy Space Gallery,

            Santa Monica, California; 2004

“Pillars”  Laband Gallery, Loyola Marymount University,

            Los Angeles, California; 2003

“Faculty Art Exhibition” College Gallery, El Camino College,

            Torrance, California; 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

"Il Disegno", Solo Exhibition of Drawings,

            Altopascio, Italy; 1999

Invitational Sculpture Symposium,

            Wunsiedel, Germany; 1997

"Eccoci", Two Person Exhibition,

            Lido di Camaiore, Italy; 1996

“In Fieri", Group Invitational, Academy of Fine Arts,

            Carrara, Italy; 1995

“All’Ombra delle Apuane", Palazzo Imperiale,

             Massa, Italy, 1994

"XVII Premio di Arti Plastiche e Figurative per Giovani Artisti",

             Palazzo Comunale, Monza, Italy; 1993; Group Invitational

"Passione per Arte",  Prize:  Honorable Mention, Palazzo Strozzi,

             Florence, Italy; 1992




Commissioned Work


“The Nine Muses”, Margaret Bove Sculpture and Meditation Graden, Loyola Marymount University,

              Los Angeles California; 2006


“A Journey into Love: Meditating with Piers Plowman” by Sr. Mary Clemente Davlin, O.P.,

              cover drawing; 2008


“Marketplace”, painting, concept design and publicity poster for "Samarkand: Rites and Rituals of

              Markets Old and New", written and directed by Wole Soyinka; 2008


“That All May Have Life”, Loyola Marymount University,

              Los Angeles California; 2010