Frank DiVita credits his birthplace, Genoa, Italy, for instilling in him a love of tradition, craftsmanship and philosophy. Not surprising, then, that he came to revere the works of Leonardo da Vinci, the great Renaissance master. However, DiVita’s childhood fascination with the individual expressions, characteristics and movements of birds led him to focus his attention specifically on birds, from delicate songbirds to the fierce raptors.
Perhaps the most recognizable aspect of DiVita’s sculptures is his focus on detail – from feather shape to head angle and the specific coloration of each individual bird, no feature is too small for his attention. Nonetheless, DiVita feels some of his best work is done in the final stages of sculpting, when he pushes, arches, and tilts the body, giving it vitality and bringing the sculpted bird to life.
After graduating from the University of Montana with a Bachelor’s degree in art and zoology, DiVita worked as a medical illustrator for the university and later as an illustrator for the U.S. Forest Service, before becoming a full time sculptor. His creations are in collections around the world, including the White House and the American Embassy in Beijing, China. His corporate collections include NBC, Beatrice Foods, 3M Company and California State University. DiVita currently resides in Kalispell, Montana.