Wildlife sculptor, Frank DiVita, was born in Italy
but his family immigrated to Canada and on to Montana when he was a
young child. Frank credits his artistic beginnings to his early
exposure to Renaissance art and an intense love of nature. He showed
great talent for both zoology and art at an early age, which led him to
illustrate medical textbooks while studying at the University of
Montana. Career offers after graduation that would have taken him away
from wildlife and his beloved mountains of Montana were declined in
favor of teaching art at a local high school for several years until he
“retired” to become a full-time wildlife sculptor.
DiVita sculpts wild birds exquisitely and in
minute detail. Aside from his love of and interest in birds he credits
his single-minded focus to a college professor who said, “Life is
short. Concentrate on one avenue and in the end you’ll be the best in
that avenue.” So what began as a footprint for living became a
prophetic statement as Frank is considered as one of the most highly
regarded sculptors of wild birds in the country today.
Frank is a perfectionist in his sculpting
process—from the inception of a piece in clay through all the stages of
casting it into the final bronze sculpture. A self proclaimed
introvert, this remarkable artist prefers to remain in the background,
letting his art speak for him.
Numerous articles about Frank’s work have been
published in magazines such as Wildlife Art.