Ira Reines was born in New York on December 3rd, 1957.
He received art training in high school and college, but is essentially a self-taught sculptor, reading works on sculpturing and mold-making theory, inspiring himself from the worlds of mythology, fantasy and the works of Master Sculptors such as Michelangelo, Rodin and Bernini.
At his first juried art show, fifteen year old Ira Reines was awarded First Place and Best of Show honors for sculpture, the first of many such honors earned before he was twenty.
At the age of nineteen, one of his sculptures caught the eye of the director of Medallic Art Company in Danbury, Connecticut, where he was subsequently offered a position sculpting medallions. Reines seized the opportunity to hone his skills while expanding his knowledge and expertise in mold-making and plaster-working techniques.