Artist Bio

Sal Villano was born in New York City in 1944 into a large extended family of many artists. So, at a very young age he was always very aware of art in his life and was naturally attracted to expressing himself visually. He attended public grade school, high school and college. He also studied at The Art Students League in Manhattan. While still in college he assisted his uncle Charles Santaniello, a sculptor, in creating commercial displays for many New York businesses. And helped produce parts of an exhibit for a Worlds Fair in Europe. It was this time spent working with his uncle that he realized he too wanted to be a sculptor. After graduating college he went to work as a commercial artist. In 1969, after several years at this position he started his own art studio with another artist, this partnership provided the opportunity to produce a wide verity of commercial work. Some of the clients they created two dimensional and three dimensional work for are national and international companies. It was at the time he spent at the Art Students league that Sal created his first wire tree sculpture, While constructing an armature to support a clay figure, he noticed that the wire he was using could also be bent, twisted and wrapped to create a tree sculpture. Since that day, many years ago, he has created thousands of tree sculptures of various wire types and gauges and each carefully placed onto a base that is a vital part of the total piece. Whether viewed in direct sunlight casting harsh shadows or in soft candle light creating a gentle form, the tree sculptures created by Sal Villano each take on a personality of their own. As in nature, no trees can ever be created alike. All the sculpture of Sal Villano can be view at: All Tree Sculptures created by Sal Villano are constructed in wire gauges ranging from 32 to 18. The wire used may change in color through the years, but this color change will not affect the strength of the Sculpture. Tree Sculptures that are bonded onto bases using sea sand are for indoor display only. Since the bond is made onto a porous material a water soluble glue is used, therefore the sculptures should never submerged in water or placed in a dishwasher. Clean and dust these Tree Sculptures with a damp, soft, lint free cloth. Tree Sculptures suitable for outdoor display are constructed of galvanized wire bonded into a base of "sculp-metal" which is a very durable permanent aluminum/vinyl resin. These sculptures may be gently cleaned with a week soap and water solution.

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