Sam Valenz is a sculptor working across a range of mediums, including bronze casting, steel construction, modelling and casting, timber construction and assemblage. He specialises in silicone rubber mould-making and bronze casting, and his works explore the formal languages of sculpture with a strong emphasis on human and animal forms. Sam teaches at the National Art School and has taught at TAFE and UNSW Art & Design. He holds a postgraduate degree in sculpture from the City Art Institute, 1985, a Diploma of Education from the University of Technology, Sydney, 1989, and a Bachelor of Visual Arts, from the College of Fine Arts, UNSW, 1984. Sam exhibited at Defiance Gallery for 10 years in their Miniature Show, in Sculpture by the Sea in 1999 and 2014, and in Harbour Sculpture in 2013 and 2014. He was the winner of the Harbour Sculpture 2013, the Jackson Smith Sculpture Prize in 2004, and the Fretwell Photography Award in 1998. He has undertaken numerous commissions and his work is represented in private, public and corporate collections.