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Don Ajello was born in New York City at the close of W.W. II . His ancestry was of both Sicilian Catholic and Russian Jewish decent . His father was an inventor of scale model toys and trains as well as a hobby store owner in Manhattan and as a child , Mr. Ajello was fascinated by the images and objects he grew up with . This early influence of model making sparked the desire to create . Drawing and sculpture seemed like a normal progression and he completed his education at California Institute of the Arts , California State University , Longbeach , California Sate University , Fresno ending with a Masters Degree in Sculpture . His current studio is in Santa Rosa , California.
Mr Ajello's work embodies whimsy, fantasy, and surreal symbols . He feels equally satisfied by working in a range of materials , bronze , wood or ceramics . He chooses to create functional and non-functional sculpture. As a Vietnam Veteran , Mr. Ajello was strongly effected by war and its disturbing effect on humanity and the consequences to the planet. He is currently working on a series related to this topic. He is represented by a number of galleries both in California , Oregon and Washington.