Neal Barab graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz, 1982, staying in Santa Cruz, California, USA, until completing a major public sculpture commission in October 1987.
He left California to move to Pietrasanta, Italy, to work intensively in stone 6 days a week. He became known for quickly creating large original work, and specializing in the use of many kinds colored marble.
From 1988 to 1996 summers were spent in Vinterviken, Stockholm, Sweden, working in granite and hard diabase at the Swedish Sculptors Organization’s studio village. Winter was the Italian working season.
In 2002 he was a founding member of Studio Pescarella, which has developed into one of the most important stone carving studios in Pietrasanta.
Exhibitions were staged in galleries and public art spaces across Europe and the USA.
He has traveled to China, Israel, Germany, Sweden, and Holland to participate in sculpture symposiums, creating monumental works in public. In April, 1998, he wrote an article about sculpture symposiums for Sculpture magazine.
Major Stone Sculpture Commissions include:
1987 Santa Cruz, California.
1995 Bålsta, Sweden.
1996 Tianjin, PR of China.
1998 Maalot, Israel.
2000 Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany.
2002 Chianti Sculpture Park Siena, Italy.
2005 Bethesda, Maryland, USA.
2014 London, UK.
2016 Parco Internazionale della Scultura Contemporanea, Pietrasanta, Italy.
Since 2014, he is a Professor of Sculpture at Istituto Lorenzo De’ Medici, in Florence, Italy.