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, The National Basilica in Washington, DC, 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

A New Icon: Sam

I was recently asked by pair of supportive collectors to revisit a series I began a few years ago. The latest in the Icon Series is based on, American Icon and Muppet, Sam the Eagle. Sam occupies a unique place in the wacky crowd that is the Muppets. He stands in as...

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Baby Steps

Obviously, as a kind of extension of the Soft Step Series, I wanted to make a sort of mini-stoop that would be more appropriate for my (then) one year old son. He loves to stoop with us, but his feet dangle uncomfortably off the full size stair steps. To be fair, at...

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Salvaged Marble Stoops: Now Permanent Game Tables

This public art piece is part of the redevelopment project in the Barclay neighborhood. I was contacted by the sculpture department at MICA who was asked by the developer, Telesis Corp, to assist with reincorporating the salvaged marble stoops from the neighborhood...

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More New Construction . . .

Ever since I showed the first New Construction piece (the cinder block), people have been telling me: "You should carve a brick! You should carve a brick!" People are always telling me what I should carve and sometimes they are right. But in this case, honestly–that...

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Piggy

This second “Birthstone” is based on the beloved former toy of a couple’s small child. The original “Piggy” was literally loved-to-death. The little tike pulled on Piggy’s music string so many times that the once cheerful tune morphed into a kind of “funeral dirge,”...

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CALENDAR

#TBT— couple weeks ago I went on a #boulderhunt for an upcoming project. I know I look silly, but I needed some pics for scale. I’m pretty lucky that my work still includes #field trips! 🚌🗿⚒ .
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#boulder #bench #memorialsculpture #salvage #upcycle #carving #craft #constructionmaterials #stone #contemporarysculpture #stonecarving #stonesculpture #baltimore #bmore #madeinbaltimore @ Maryland
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A couple days of #juryduty meant time lost #stonecarving, but time gained #figuredrawing (no electronics and all that...). This is one from NOT-during the a trial (obviously the court keeps those “notes”).
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#giveaway #ballpointpen on #cheappaper.

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So I’m now ULTRA behind on work—but on balance, I’m glad to have been reminded about the legal system we have. Don’t get me wrong. There are MANY flaws and inequities— but at least we have one.
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242 years ago lot of people died to see that happen.
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Happy 4th of July, everybody 🇺🇸 ⚒👊
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Been a long time coming... but she finally has a new set of digits! 👐 Instead of replacing each individually, I proposed replacing each hand completely. This meant that there would be just 2 strong & hidden repair seams, rather than 10 weak & obvious ones. After reattachment and some custom aging everyone seems happy to have Mary welcoming patients to Holy Cross Hospital again with hands instead of stubs. 👏🙌⚒

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. #neoclassical #artrestoration #handart #marble #carving #restoration #craft #stone #figurativesculpture #marblesculpture #instasculpture #stonecarving #stonesculpture #madeinbaltimore @ Silver Spring, Maryland
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