Posted By admin on July 11, 2010
These sculptures, furniture and relief carving are made by Patrick Burke from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, United States.
Patrick Burke became the first non-European to train in Ortisei village of about 4,000 people nestled in the Alps of northern Italy.
Ortisei is world-renowned for its rich history of professional wood sculptors — about 150 full-timers, plus hundreds of other part-timers, live and work in the village.
He trained there a full year in 2007. He trained with master wood sculptors Norbert Insam and Filip Piccolruaz.
Burke said about Ortisei: “The whole village is pretty much artists, so it’s a beautiful place to live and work. Everyone really knows about art, because it’s built into their culture. They have a lot of pride in their tradition, their heritage and their culture. I was honored to be there learning from them.”
Burke intends to return to Italy in 2008 as a student at the prestigious The Florence Academy of Art in Florence.
Patrick Burke said: “I’ve heard people say they like my work, but I’m not anywhere near where I want to be. I’m never satisfied. I want to get better, and that’s why Florence is so important.”