Doyle Trankina (b. 1980, United States) is a MFA candidate at the Savannah College of Art and Design and received his BFA from the University of Southern California in 2004 . He has worked in several industries like film, art production, exhibits and paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. He has participated in expeditions (prospecting for, and excavating dinosaur fossils), laboratory work and produced sculpture and illustration for displays and publications like National Geographic. He was also a clay sculptor for Charles Ray studio for nearly 10 years where his proficiency as a figurative sculptor flourished.
In his art practice, Mr. Trankina uses representation to invoke history, imply sociopolitical, physiological, and philosophical themes while making the intangible or imaginary explicit. He sees sculpture ultimately as a statement of values which lives in perpetuity as document while the accord between formal and conceptual qualities determines relevance and meaning in contemporary society. He currently lives and works in Duluth where he produces his own artwork, private commissions and provides his services to institutions, companies and artists around the US. He also conducts workshops and private tutoring in sculpture and drawing. He is a MFA candidate at the Savannah College of Art and Design with several awards and scholarships for academic and portfolio excellence in sculpture.