Paul DiPasquale (born June 15, 1952, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey) is an American sculptor who invents and investigates private work and produces public sculpture about history and the people who made it. He and his wife, singer/actress Kelly Kennedy, currently live in Richmond, Virginia. He has two daughters; Kate is a student at the Medical College of Virginia, and Mary teaches Art and French at Holy Cross School in New Orleans.
DiPasquale graduated from The University of Virginia with Distinction in Sociology and a minor in Art. He earned his Master's Degree with honors in Sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1977. He was a member of the Student Council at University of Virginia and he is an active member and past president of his neighborhood Civic Association in Richmond. He is and has been a board member of various arts, museum, and service organizations and since 1978, has taught college full and part time as a visiting professor in Virginia, Maryland and D.C.
The sculptor works through foundries and galleries nationally, and with Bazzanti/Mirinelli Gallery and Foundry in Florence, Italy. In 1996 and in 1998, he was awarded a visiting artist position at the American Academy in Rome. Locally he has contracted with and won awards and grants from The Virginia Museum, The Children's Museum, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, The Arts Council of Richmond and the City and tri-county school systems. DiPasquale sculptures have been published in American Artist, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, USA Today, and other national and international magazines, newspapers and television media.
DiPasquale is listed in Who's Who in the The World, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in the Arts. In 1996, he was selected Richmonder of the Year for his roles as author, producer, and sculptor of the Arthur Ashe Monument. For almost two years prior to the unveiling, controversy raged from varied sources. After the installation, the Art and Architecture critic for the Washington Post wrote of DiPasquale's work,“ placing this statue of Arthur Ashe on Monument Avenue was one of the most important things to happen in Virginia in the entire 20th century.” Since its debut, the monument has been published nationally and internationally and has generated one film and two public television documentaries.
Another of DiPasquale's public work is the monumental fiberglass bust, “Connecticut,” now owned by the Richmond Metropolitan Authority. It has overlooked Richmond's Baseball Diamond since 1985. DiPasquale originally built and installed it in America's Capital, Washington D.C., as a self produced “mobile” monument to honor Native Americans. Its unveiling in 1983 was covered nationally on National Public Radio, three television networks as well as internationally by the Associated Press.
DiPasquale won the Virginia Arts Commission competition to commemorate the African American contribution to early commerce in the city of Richmond. The resulting 10 foot bronze “Headman” Monument inspired the Richmond flag committee to choose ‘the boatman’ as the subject for the city's new flag one year later in 1993.
The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, The Baltimore Aquarium, The Billings Rockefeller Museum in Vermont as well numerous corporate collections nationally own and display original DiPasquale sculptures.
His copyrighted line of ceiling and wall duck and fish sculptures, Peeking Ducks, have been sold nationally by the Orvis Company since 1988 and have been pictured in Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal.