Frank Morbillo

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Frank  Morbillo Frank Morbillo- Momentum- Matthews Gallery
Fabricated Steel
71 x 30 x 38 in
Frank  Morbillo Frank Morbillo- Balancing Act- Matthews Gallery
Balancing Act
71 x 26 x 14 in
Frank  Morbillo Frank Morbillo- Buildings at Play I- Matthews Gallery
Buildings at Play I
Stainless Steel and Glass
20 x 16 x 13 in
Frank  Morbillo Frank Morbillo- Common Bond II- Matthews Gallery
Common Bond II
24 x 28 x 13 in
Frank  Morbillo Frank Morbillo- Cool Encounter- Matthews Gallery
Cool Encounter
Bronze and Glass
21 x 18 x 8 in
Frank  Morbillo Frank Morbillo- Cross-Purposes- Matthews Gallery
Steel and Bronze
27 x 29 x 11.5 in
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Frank  Morbillo

Frank Morbillo

Frank Morbillo Description

Frank Morbillo was born in Queens and raised on Long Island, but as a young adult moved west—first to Montana and eventually to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Natural forces of entropy and change have been strong themes in Frank’s work for more than two decades.

The increasing social, political and environmental commentary about our place within the world has “found its way into my work with greater frequency and I often find myself walking the line between artist and activist.

These thoughts are "part of my working mind and living being and manifest themselves in my titles, which are descriptive but also pose questions to the viewer.”

Frank’s hope is “that the viewers make a connection between the natural as well as political origins of the work, increasing personal awareness and responsibility, and the need to acknowledge and adapt to inevitable change.”

Within the content of his work is “an applied aesthetic that considers form, line, volume, color, proportions and, materials.”

Frank acknowledges “the more familiar I become with processes and materials, the greater potential for creativity and expression in the work.”

“At times I'll start making a sculpture knowing what I want” he observes and other times “I loosen controls to see where it goes. Strong design allows work to endure; balance of proportions, contrasts of materials and textures function to create tension”, which is a hallmark of his sculptures.

Frank says “the recent introduction of cast glass has broadened the range of color and translucency, increasing the contrast of materials, resulting in a greater dynamic of expression in the work.”

The fragile nature of the glass has also helped to emphasize our tenuous relationship with the environment, other nations and one another.


Read our interview with Frank and learn more about him on the Matthews Gallery blog, and watch him discuss his work on our video page.


1984 MFA Sculpture – University of Montana

1981-2 Stony Brook University, NY, 1981-2 Special study projects (Steel and Concrete),

1980 BFA Sculpture – Alfred University, NY




“Focus on Landscapes”, Matthews Gallery, Santa Fe, NM - Group show

“Spectrum”, Matthews Gallery, Santa Fe, NM - Group Show

“State of the Art- A Survey of New Mexico Artists”, Matthews Gallery, Santa Fe, NM - Group show


“Frank Morbillo - New Work 2010”, Matthews Gallery, Santa Fe, NM - Solo Show


The Albuquerque Museum, “Miniatures Show” and “Miniatures and More Show”


Craighead Green Gallery , Dallas TX, Three Person Show

Alfred University, Alfred NY, Breaking The Mold Show

NM Sculptors Guild at the Sculpture Ranch, Santa Fe NM

Introductions North, Denton Arts Council, Denton TX

Lennar Communities Commission, Palm Springs CA.


Remmi Fine Art, Denver CO. – Sculptor and Painter show

Deloney Newkirk, Santa Fe NM – Solo Show


Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe NM – Toy Show

Sculpturesite Gallery – San Francisco, Opening Exhibit

Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe NM - Featured Artist

Museum of New Mexico Lecture Series – The Making Of Monuments In Bronze.

Waldorf, Fountain Commission – Santa Rosa California

Solomon, Fountain and Bench Commission – Knoxville Tennessee.


A New Leaf Gallery ‘Water Works 2004”

Lumina Gallery North – Featured Artist Spring

Sculpture Ranch – “Manifesto 04”, Scenario - A site-specific installation


Inside Out” New Mexico Sculptors’ Guild Show

Sculpture Commission, 18’ stainless “Dance Partners Fountain,” Lumina

Gallery North, Taos, New Mexico.

Opening Exhibit Invitational, Lumina North

Furniture Show, Shidoni Arts Gallery, New Mexico


“Sculpture, NOW,” inaugural invitational, The Sculpture-Ranch, Santa Fe, NM

“In the Round: Sculpture at the Roundhouse,” Governor’s Gallery, New Mexico State Capitol. Co- sponsored by the NM Sculptors’ Guild and the Capitol Art Foundation.

Sculpture Commission, 10’ bronze “Healing Partners,” New Mexico Cancer Center, Albuquerque,


Sculpture Commission, 9’ bronze “Dancing Curves,” Appleton Public Library, Appleton, Wisconsin

“30th Anniversary Outdoor Sculpture Show," Shidoni Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

“Sit On It,” invitational furniture show, and “Water Visions 2001,” New Leaf Gallery, Berkeley, CA


Sculpture Commission, 10’ stainless steel “Nocera Trio” Tampa FL

Shidoni Craft Gallery , Grand Opening

New Leaf Gallery, Ten Year Anniversary Show, Berkley, CA


Cheekwood Museum and Botanical Gardens, Grand Opening, Nashville, TN

Karen Newby Gallery, Tubac AZ

Paseo Sculpture Show, Palm Springs CA

1998 ----1985

Sculpture Commission, 16’ stainless steel piece for Northwestern Mutual Life, Dallas

“Earth Works,” site-specific show combining visual art and nature; Santa Fe, NM

“Bronze Age ’98,” sculpture show, New Leaf Garden Gallery

Grand Opening Show, Ridhwan Sculpture Garden in Taos, NM

“Water Visions ’97,” New Leaf Garden Gallery"25th Anniversary Outdoor Sculpture Show," Shidoni Gallery

"Water Visions '96," New Leaf Garden Gallery, Berkeley, CA

"Furniture Show," New Leaf Garden Gallery

Cynthia Woody Gallery, Scottsdale AZ.

Two-artist exhibit, Shidoni Contemporary Gallery

Group show, New Leaf Garden Gallery, Berkeley, CA

Outdoor sculpture show , Westin Mission Hills Rancho Mirage, CA

"Los Alamos Shows Shidoni," outdoor exhibition in City of Los Alamos


Solo exhibit, Perry-House Galleries, Alexandria, VA

Solo exhibit, Shidoni Contemporary


Art Los Angeles, Expo '90, represented by Shidoni Contemporary Gallery

"Japan Contemporary Crafts-Art Show, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art

"Best of Scottsdale," Elaine Horowitch Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ

Chicago Art Expo (Navy Pier Show), represented by Elaine Horowitch Galleries

"Artists' Takes on Architecture," Zenith Gallery, Washington, D.C.

City of Palm Springs Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

Vail Valley Foundation Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Vail, CO

Furniture Show, Kyle Belding Gallery, Denver

The Woodlot Gallery, Wisconsin

Santa Fe Community College Opening Display, Santa Fe

Solo Sculpture Exhibit, Kyle Belding Gallery, Denver

Eve Cohen Gallery, Chicago


Lumina North Taos NM

Albuquerque Cancer Center Albuquerquen NM

Appleton Public Library, Appleton, WI

Northwest Mutual Life Insurance Building, Dallas, TX

Cheekwood Museum and Botanical Gardens, Nashville, TN

Eastern New Mexico University (% For The Arts Purchase), Portales, NM?Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos, NM

La Cueva High School, Albuquerque, NM

Hyatt-Regency, Albuquerque, NM

University of Montana-Missoula, Library

Private collections throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Japan


Shidoni Foundry


head of foundry operations,


head of patination, quality control,

1984 – 1985

production assistant in metal finishing process. Sound understanding of ceramic shell, lost wax casting, pep-set resin and petro-bond sand casting experience. Thorough grounding in welding, finishing and metal fabrication. Experience in designing, organizing and facilitating projects from conception to completion. Have worked successfully with a variety and number of artists and craftsmen to produce works that have been placed nationally.

Artist Studio 1992 – present

Designed, developed, and maintain studio facility for creation of original works. Metal fabrication, wax patterns, chasing, patination. Purchased, set up and maintain equipment. Have given numerous educational programs on the facility, its history, and creative artistic processes.


New Mexico Sculptors Guild board member, 2001, 2002 – 2006

Museum of New Mexico Lecture Series 2005 – The Making Of Monuments In Bronze

Guest artist/lecturer, University of Montana (Missoula), 1994 and 1992.

Invited lecturer, Alfred University (NY), 1987 and 1991.

Lecturer, Museum of Fine Arts, Santa Fe, 1986.

Patina Consultant for Judy Chicago, Powerplay Series, 1986.

Lecturer, Merrill Gallery, Kansas City, KS 1985.

Workshop leader, Alfred University, 1985: methodologies of casting, welding, chasing, and patina.


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