Sebastian Martorana is a sculptor and illustrator living and working in Baltimore, Maryland.

For over ten years, Sebastian has focused on the art of carving. Much of the material used for his sculptures was salvaged from Baltimore’s historic, though often discarded, architecture.

Sebastian works on private commissions and commercial projects from his Baltimore studio. Clients include the United States Senate in Washington, DC, The National Basilica in Baltimore, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

His sculptures have been shown in numerous galleries and museums and can be found in prominent collections. He is a faculty member at the Maryland Institute of Art and is a repeat presenter for the American Craft Council. His work was featured in the Renwick Gallery’s 40 Under 40 show and is now part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Skilled Artisans: Expert craftspeople create beautiful and functional objects

Beyond, Alaska Airlines Magazine July 1, 2016 By Lora Shinn Sebastian Martorana straddles the line between art and craft, utility and beauty. At age 21 he apprenticed with a company outside of in Washington, D.C., as an undergraduate student, under the lead of Tim...

Seasons Magazine – Russia

So this is my first appearance in a Russian publication, Seasons Magazine -- but not the first time I've shared article space with Alasdair Thomson. The article is Titled "Pygmalion," and I understand that it is featuring the work of three contemporary stone sculptors...

Bourdain on Craftsmanship, Whisky and Plans for Houston

Houston Press November 5, 2015 By Phaedra Cook Anthony Bourdain is in Houston for a brief series of events called The Balvenie Rare Craft Collection. About 800 lucky Houstonians were able to score a spot to hear Bourdain speak and taste some of The Balvenie's...

America’s Best Craftsmen From Anthony Bourdain

Forbes October 7, 2015 By Hunter Atkins News of Anthony Bourdain's partnership with The Balvenie Single Malt Whisky surprised diehard fans. Although Bourdain (author of Kitchen Confidential, star of CNN's "Parts Unknown" and food media hero) has departed from his...

Captain Marble: An Interview with Sculptor Sebastian Martorana with Photo Essay by Justin Tsucalas, BmoreArt

BmoreArt June 18, 2015 By Cara Ober It’s rare to find a contemporary sculptor skilled in the ancient craft of carving marble. It’s even more rare to find one in Baltimore. This is one of the reasons that Sebastian Martorana’s marble towels, which appear pliable enough...

Bmore Art’s Cara Ober on the Walter’s Art Museum Show

Living Marble: A Contemporary- Historical Collaboration at the Walters, BmoreArt Cara Ober, May 18, 2015 The Walters Art Museum is widely known as a house of rare objects of antiquity, but not a place for contemporary art. When Julia Marciari-Alexander became the...

Carving Out a Legacy, The Baltimore Sun

It's my great surprise and honor to be sharing ink in Sunday The Baltimore Sun News Paper this morning with, not only #Rinehart & Oprah Winfrey, but fellow Baltimore-boy,  Mike Rowe !!! #rad You can check out the article, Carving Out a Legacy, about the Walters Art...

New exhibit at Walters Art Museum showcases the statues of Maryland artist William Rinehart

The Baltimore Sun April 11, 2015 By Mary Carole McCauley At a first look and even at a second, you'd swear it was magic. Those three white towels, two folded neatly and the third rumpled and hanging every which way — surely they're made of terrycloth and purchased at...

Marble steps reused as gathering place

The Baltimore Sun June 29, 2014 By Meredith Cohn Alice Johnson noticed the checker boards that recently popped up behind her house, a neat brick rowhouse in the Barclay neighborhood of Baltimore. "People will definitely use them," she said. "I play. I wish I could...

40 Under 40 Documentary Available Online and FREE!

For those who missed it or don't get the Smithsonian Channel, the documentary that was produced about the Renwick Gallery's 40 Under 40 exhibition is now available FREE online through iTunes! This film included a feature filmed in my studio at Hilgartner Natural Stone...

THE WORK

How to Make Carving Tools on the Cheap

Part 1: Chisels [see below for Part 2: Mallets] As with a lot of specialized trades, just knowing where to get the right tools if half the battle-- the other half is finding a lending company to take out the loan required to purchase trade specific...

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Unseen

"Unseen" began as a reflection on the amount of artwork that is produced but never seen. How many people actually "see" artwork? Most people that "see" artwork actually haven’t. They have seen pixels. Fewer people have actually seen my artwork in person than have...

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Latent

Often, the most exciting pieces I make happen when collectors say: "What do you really want to do next?" This can be intimidating since you are being put on the spot and there is pressure to have an idea immediately. Luckily for me, my work takes so long that I will...

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We Both Wear Pants

This piece is both portrait and admission. It comes from the same place as a series of pieces I began years ago. Yours, Mine & Ours, was my attempt to visually describe the unique personalities that make up my family. My wife is the smooth, folded bath towel to my...

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Glove: Engineer

Finally some killer photos by Geoff Graham of the second glove in the series focusing on some of the hand-wear I've accumulated. This  railroad "engineer" style glove reminds me of the type of gloves my grandfather wore. His family immigrated to the States and worked...

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