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I’ve had an appreciation for art ever since I was a child. Perhaps it is because I bear the name of one of the greatest artists and sculptors of all time. And being the child of a Greek mother and Italian father, I had the privilege of traveling to my parents’ native lands and seeing firsthand the wonderful artistry of the ancient Greeks and of course, Michelangelo.

Whatever the reason being, I’ve been exploring an artistic path for as long as I can remember...beginning with early charcoal drawings, then moving…

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  • Born on November 22
  • Joined January 10, 2010

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Use coupon code HOLIDAY20 and receive 20% off your entire purchase!

Learn a bit about me on Blog Talk Radio
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/liveaflourishinglife/2012/01/05/live-a-flourishing-life-wguest-michealangelo-didonato#


I’ve had an appreciation for art ever since I was a child. Perhaps it is because I bear the name of one of the greatest artists and sculptors of all time. And being the child of a Greek mother and Italian father, I had the privilege of traveling to my parents’ native lands and seeing firsthand the wonderful artistry of the ancient Greeks and of course, Michelangelo.

Whatever the reason being, I’ve been exploring an artistic path for as long as I can remember...beginning with early charcoal drawings, then moving onto oil paintings of landscapes and finally, sculpting my own physique through bodybuilding and martial arts, using the Greek statues as my guides.

While art satisfied my external need for self-expression, an inner turmoil continued to brew and began to take its toll on my marriage. I had become rigid, set in my ways, cold and edgy…unable to display the soft strokes of my affection with the same ease with which I could brushstroke a canvas. I prayed for guidance, for something that would help me rekindle the passion within.

Inspiration comes at the most unexpected time and place. One day while at work in the family’s steel mill, I came across some old style nails. The straight nails were rusty and cold with sharp edges, just like me. As I fingered through the pile of nails I cut myself on one of the sharp edges. As I watched the blood flow from my finger, an idea surged within.

The nails began to take shape in my mind’s eye. I saw figures reaching out to one another, touching, coming together with the light of love. I took a handful of nails and removed the sharp edges. I sandblasted off the old corrosive layers of rust, allowing the pure metal color to shine through. As I began to bend the nails, I saw the figures take shape so I fused the nails, binding them together. Lastly, I added a steel disk, just the right size to hold a tea light candle.

I created the first sculpture as a gift for my wife, as a way of recommitting my love for her. The nails used to create the CommuniCandle sculptures are reminders that while love may be sharp at times, it is what binds two lives together. No matter how bleak the darkness, the light of one candle can illuminate our way, enliven our spirits, inspire, comfort and unite us.
My hope is that my CommuniCandle sculptures will draw people together when the flame of communication is waning. The lighting of the CommuniCandle is a gentle way to say, “I love you and I want to talk with you.”

Wishing you peace, joy, love… and togetherness.

Michelangelo DiDonato


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