Romolo Del Deo

After many years sculpting in Italy, Cambridge and NYC, Romolo Del Deo has recently returned to his hometown of Provincetown,MA, America’s oldest art colony. where he studied from childhood with his father, the painter Salvatore Del Deo, schooled in the founding tradition of Hawthorne through his studies with the masters Edwin Dickinson and Henry Hensche. While still a teen, Romolo’s fascination with sculpture lead him abroad to apprentice as a stone sculptor in Pietrasanta, Italy under Giancarlo Giannini, of the Academia di Belle Arti di Carrara, Italy as well as to earn Certification from the Academia di Belle Arti di Firenze, Italy. He went on to take an Honors BA at Harvard University, where he studied with the sculptor Dimitri Hadzi and assisted him in the creation of some of his largest public monuments. Subsequently, he was invited onto the Harvard faculty and as an Artist in Residence. In 2000 he was honored by President Rudenstine for his contribution to Education and the Arts at Harvard. Always committed to exploring the connection between past and present ideas in sculpture, his work has made him one of Provincetown’s most accomplished and recognized sculptors.

Romolo has recently been awarded the “Lorenzo Il Magnifico” Gold Medal in Sculpture by the Biennale of Contemporary Art, Florence, Italy. He has also been honored by the Henry Moore Foundation, Sugarman Foundation, the Gottlieb Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Harvard David McCord Prize, the Harvard Danforth Award and the Provincetown Art Association Museum International Award among others. He has exhibited widely in the United States and in Europe and is represented in many private and public collections. Amongst his many large scale public works, are “Creation Doors” for the Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans, Massachusetts, one of the largest sets of entirely bronze original sculpture doors in the US made by an artist.


Sculpture in Bronze by Romolo Del Deo

"Sculptor Romolo Del Deo puts a contemporary spin on classical forms. He mixes up bronze casts with dune sand and driftwood. Many of the works look like the shed skins of ancient Greek statuary, thin, torn, and catching dirt. “Sovra’’ depicts an angel’s face and ragged wings - more like those of a frail bat than an emissary of heaven. Half the face is torn away. The texture is gritty and scumbled with the artist’s marks. In Del Deo’s works, beauty erodes, but the erosion itself is captivating."

- Cate McQuaid
Boston Globe