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Janet Rutkowski
www.bfdfirehousestudios.com
“Great art, whether it be visual, sculptural, functional or audio, has a presence, a spirit which it
truly felt. I seek to incorporate that presence, that spirit into every piece I create. Art is an
unfounded religion whose inspiration comes from a divine source. the power is within each of
us, and we should use it in everything we do, in all walks of life. It is the power of transformation.
Transformation of the mundane into the divine.”
Born in Staten Island, I am a native New Yorker. I attended the High School of Art and Design
but didn’t find my calling until ten years after art school. At first I took some life drawing classes
and the New School but then I found sculpting.
I happened upon the studios of Arturo DiModica. (Who is the creator of the renowned bull on
Wall Street.) This is where I started to learn stone carving. Then afterwards I studied with Mr.
Sabastiano Mineo and his son Ron at Art Life Craft Studios on the upper east side. There I
worked in traditional stone and wood carving along with sculpting clay. I was fortunate to have a
teacher and to this day, dear friend, Ron Mineo who directed me onto my true path of metal
working. I studied at the Sculpture Center on the upper east side. Steel/welding was an instant
love and I have been working in it ever since. My career in metalwork has gone full circle over
the past thirty five years. I began with the abstract, moved on to the functional, extended to the
architectural and now have returned back to the sculptural with all disciplines under my belt. I
am truly living my dream.
If you are interested in more information about the work of any of these artists, 
please contact the Sculptors Guild:

Phone: 718-422-0555