Donald Gialanella is a sculptor who focuses on turning metal and found materials into large-scale shapes, figures, and symbols. His body of work includes elegant steel horses, towering, abstract totems, and wry orbs made up of discarded consumer objects, and can be found both in public sculpture gardens from California to New York, and in the private collections of the likes of Angelina Jolie and Howard Stern.
Gialanella has an impressive pedigree, having studied with the likes of Vito Acconci and Jim Dine, and worked as an artist’s assistant to Louise Bourgeois, whose iconic steel Spider sculptures resonate with Gialanella’s own work. Also like his mentors, Gialanella’s work often has subtle conceptual elements, such as the critique of consumerism implicit to his found-object sculptures.
Gialanella’s studio was first located in Cooperstown, New York, before he moved first to Taos, NM, then to Los Angeles, and finally to St. Petersburg.