|Fort Thomas artist Vince Dibiaso shows off two of his sculptures, a hanging candle holder and a picture holder, both made out of recycled materials.|
By Amanda Joering
For Garrison Avenue resident Vince Dibiaso, art is life and life, in turn, is art.
Dibiaso, originally from the Los Angeles area, moved to Fort Thomas about three years ago, and brought with him years of artistic experience and a desire to take his art to the next level. Starting out primarily as a sketch artist, in the past few years Dibiaso began expanding his creativity into other mediums including painting and sculpting.
"Painting was the obvious next step after drawing. The first sculpture I made was a small paperweight for my girlfriend," Dibiaso said. "I got so many compliments on my new pieces that I decided to keep creating more pieces and see where it went."
|Some of artist Vince Dibiaso's recent paintings.|
Dibiaso, who is also a certified welder, decided to combine his welding skills with his artistic vision to turn recycled metals into various sculptures. These one-of-a-kind pieces range from decorative pieces including wall hangers, centerpieces, wind chimes and yard art to functional pieces, including candle holders, jewelry holders and more.
"A lot of times I'll see something at a store and think 'I can totally make that,'" Dibiaso said. "So far I've been able to make everything I've set out to make."
While his sculpture making started out small, with Dibiaso only making pieces for friends and family, the popularity of his work quickly spread throughout the community. For the past two years, he has created large-scale sculptures that have won awards at the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance's Ecosculpt competition, where participants have to create original sculptures out of recycled materials.
The success of his work led Dibiaso to start his own small business, Dibiaso Designs, through which he sells his sculptures and paintings and is commissioned by customers to make personalized pieces. Recently, Dibiaso also began selling his work in various shops in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Virginia.
With ideas for new pieces constantly coming to mind, Dibiaso said he doesn't plan to slow down anytime soon. By next spring, Dibiaso said he plans to be selling his work at various arts and music festivals throughout the country.
Dibiaso said a memorable moment of his artistic career so far came recently when someone who bought one of his pieces at an Ohio antique mall, where the tag on the sculpture said nothing but the price and his name, looked him up on Facebook and sent a message about how much he loved Dibiaso's work.
"It was something so small, just a message on Facebook, but having a complete stranger not only buy one of my pieces, but like it enough to go out of his way to track me down and tell me how much he liked it, that was a pretty awesome feeling," Dibiaso said.
|A bottle tree made by artist Vince Dibiaso is featured in front of his Fort Thomas home.|
Dibiaso, 32, said he's loved art since he was a child. This love and Dibiaso's talent is evident to anyone who drives past his home on Garrison Avenue, where several of his pieces are displayed in the front yard and on the porch. Dibiaso said he couldn't be happier that his art business is taking off.
"Art has always been a big part of my life, it's what I love to do," Dibiaso said. "If I can make a living doing what I love, I can't imagine it gets much better than that."