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Michael D'Ambrosi



Michael D'Ambrosi

Art and optimism and a sprinkle of humor are what Michael D'Ambrosi is all about. Born in Los Angeles to a school teacher mother and a painter-sculptor father, little Michael took his first breath in September 1954. His proud parents brought Michael home to their new eleven thousand dollar Manhattan Beach home -a double lot, no less. Michael went on to develop his intellectual interests such as sand boarding, skimboarding, and surfing, which helped hone his offbeat approach to life.

From his whimsical yet bizarrely realistic dinosaurs to his heroic size Native American monuments, Michael shows a love of life and nature in his sculpture. Such is a D'Ambrosi tradition. His late father, Jasper, embraced life with an Italian gusto that infected nearly everyone near him. This visual and spiritual environment lent itself as a springboard for Michael's creativity. A no-holds-barred approach to sculpture and with such a unique background, it's no wonder Michael was doing bronze monument commissions in his thirties. Michael has been casting his own sculpture , developing his foundry skills since his introduction to the foundry process in the late 70's.

In 1977 Michael and his family opened Arizona Bronze, a fine art foundry. For the next twenty years owning and operating his own foundry, Michael feasted on all he could absorb from fellow sculptors, but it was his imagination back in his early twenties that won him his first award Best Sculpture in his hometown.

Michael's first public commission was shared with his brother Marc. With the death of their father they were commissioned to enlarge Jasper's D'Ambrosi Jacob’s Ladder, a twenty-foot memorial honoring the Merchant Marines of World War II. It is on public display at Los Angeles Harbor in San Pedro. In 1989 the U.S. Air Force commissioned Michael to create The Falcon now on display at Luke Air Force Base near Phoenix AZ.

In 1990 he completed The Guardian, a life-sized Apache bronze for the Cochise-Geronimo Golf Course at Desert Mountain properties in North Scottsdale, Arizona. In 1994 he completed yet another life size Native American he called The Nomad. This monument is available and can also be seen at Desert Mountain's Renegade Course. Michael's five-foot Gargoyle and Dragon completed in 1995 belong to private collectors.

In 1997 Michael and his brother Marc sold Arizona Bronze. Michael has devoted his full-time attention creating new works of art in his Cave Creek Studio. His work is on public display throughout the country including a Hippocampus, a mythical creature he created for Princess Cruise Line. Cy the Mascot for Iowa State. He and his wife Gloria stay busy with commissioned sculpture and fine-tuning their sculpture garden by creating new sculpture for inside and outside their home/studio. Hismost recent sculptures are an interpretation of 14 running mustangs called “Thunder Road '' which would do any mantle proud. A family of Javelinas titled “Night Moves”. Michael has also enlarged a mountain lion from a small sketch done years back as well as a chess set inspired by the local wildlife.
American bison and Stegosaurus were completed in 2021 as well. Michael hopes to see you at the studio soon!