A relative newcomer to the silicone baby doll scene, Nadaleena Mirat Brettmann has been painting dolls for three years. “I have been purchasing blank kits from the amazing Bonnie Sieben, cast in silicone by Kristin Englert — two of the kindest people in the dolly world, with immense talent!” she said. “I have, however, moved to sculpting and painting my own lifelike sculptures, which will be available in limited editions of six to 10 babies.”
Brettmann said she plans to partner with Englert to cast her babies in silicone. “Her work is impeccable! They will be poured in one solid piece in soft blend Platinum Ecoflex 20. I have been only sculpting on and off for a year now, and I am shocked by the overwhelming love for my baby doll creations.”
Her artistic roots run deep, and Brettmann previously earned famed and fortune for her two-dimensional works. “I have been painting since I was 5 years old. In grade school, my art would often end up on the cover of school newsletters,” she recalled. “I became a professional artist in 2013 and am represented by renowned galleries worldwide. I have had numerous solo exhibitions and have won many awards for my abstract paintings. My art is in the collections of prominent collectors, which has put me in the forefront of the art world. I am also very thankful and forever grateful to Kathy Murphy, former publisher of Modern Painters, for featuring many editorial spotlights on my work and introducing me to the top galleries in New York, Miami, and Paris.
“A year ago, I switched my medium to sculpting baby dolls, and I was hooked! At first, I just shared with friends my beginner sculpts and kept sculpting. A year later my collectors noticed, and I recently sold my Baby Diorello for a large sum. All proceeds are going to charity, as I don’t feel like I am worthy of that price for my sculpt. So here I am, grateful and thankful that my collectors love my work!”