(Credit to feature article in Fairfield County Catholic, July 25 2012)
Jim Bria comes from long line of stone sculptors, “The Brias have been artists for 1,000 years,” he says, mentioning with pride a cousin in Italy who spent his career in the Vatican repairing statues under Pope Pius IX.
Bria’s family came to this country from the small Italian town of Mora di Santis. Many of them, like Bria, found themselves in the construction business. “It was always stone–stone from the getgo,” Bria says of his 30 years in construction. He gradually found himself specializing in intricate projects calling for more detailed work. Along the way he did repair work on life-sized statues in churches and for Patrick Baker and Sons religious goods store.
Evolving from large to smaller scale works, he now holds a certification from the State of Connecticut Archeology Department for the restoring of antique gravestones. Bria also fabricates & repairs monuments in Fairfield and Westchester counties.
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