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.

Hi-Fructose Magazine: Sebastian Martorana’s Sculptures Forged in Reclaimed Marble

Great feature in Hi-Fructose by Andy Smith. Follow this link or click the image to see the write...

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...

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...

THE WORK

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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A Birthstone

Through my personal and professional work as a stone carver I have spent quite a lot of time working on and ruminating over the concepts of memory, memorialization, loss, death and remembrance. If these subjects seem dour to you -- I agree. In anticipation of the...

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A New Coat of Arms for Archbishop Lori

So, some folks may be wondering why I have been a bit of a ghost lately . . . well, now that William E. Lori has been properly installed as the new Archbishop of Baltimore, I can reveal what has kept me strapped to the carving easel these last couple of weeks. The...

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CALENDAR

  1. Craft Forms 2018

    December 8, 2018 - January 26, 2019