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Archie Held

Archie Held

Bio | Work

Archie Held

Silent as an unopened book

"I finally had something to say and it felt like no one was listening. This desire to be heard was coupled with an all consuming preoccupation with form, line, movement, and gesture. I felt as if I had never really taken a good hard look at anything, and I began to look at everything around me in new ways….”

Enter into the virtual portfolio of the internationally acclaimed sculpture artist, Archie Held, where one can see his unique voice dramatically revealed.

A modern narrative of bold breath taking sculptural works, Archie’s stunning compositions of bronze and stainless steel water sculptures, water walls, and art furniture, all convey his range of experience, depth of expertise and his fine craftsmanship fully reflected in designs of pure aesthetic elegance.

Through Archie’s artistic inquiry, examination, and interpretation of elements within the natural and physical world, Archie creates striking one of a kind sculptural forms that dramatically enhance environs within any private residence, personal or public garden , or landscape, or commercial setting.

Each sculpture ranging from the table top piece to a grand scale installation is an original synthesis of modern and natural perspectives, art pieces which reflect both primal and sensual themes within contemporary art, yet simultaneously retain a certain timeless capacity.

We invite you to open the pages of Archie Held’s portfolio selections, where the story of artistic passion and excellence is heard from the beauty inherent in his sculptural arts.


ARTIST: Archie Held

TYPE: Sculpture variety: bronze/stainless steel, water/stone features

STUDIO: Since 1985: Richmond, California

EMPLOYEES: 14 artists/ metal fabricators

PRODUCTION: 500 & pieces of artwork

EDUCATION: UCLA Bachelor of Arts Painting Sculpture Graphic Arts 1975-1979
UCLA Master Fine Arts Sculpture Program 1979-1980


Jim Marcelius Memorial Scholarship Award for Sculpture 1980

2006 Art in America’s juried competition named Archie’s “Burden Basket” one of the top 20 best pieces in the United States

Selected Collections

Archie Held’s works can be found in many public and private collections throughout the
United States and Asia.

Chevron Texaco World Headquarters, San Ramon, CA

Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission -
Art In Public Places, Sacramento, CA

Sky Tokyo Club - Japan

Alliant Energy World Headquarters, Madison, WI

Auberge Du Soleil Resort, Napa, CA

Anglo - Eastern Ship Management Ltd. - Hong Kong

Robert Mondavi Winery, Napa, CA

California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA

City of Fairfield, CA

Price Waterhouse Corp., Washington D.C.

SCSI Corporation - Australia

Merit Medical Center, Utah



Hills and Associates, Oregon

Vichon Winery, Napa, CA

Beringer Vineyards, Napa, CA

Howard Hughes Corporation, Las Vegas, NV

SAP Technology, Pennsylvania

SAP Technology, Palo Alto, CA

Sierra Health Services, Las Vegas, NV

Avalon Towers, San Francisco, CA

Alza Corporation, Mountain View, CA

First Republic Bank, New York, NY

Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey, San Francisco, CA

Orchard Hotel, San Francisco, CA

Stanford Cancer Center, Stanford, CA

Bellagio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV