John Sisko

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John Sisko (May 22, 1958 – May 19, 2016[1]) was an American realist sculptor[2] who lived and worked in Seattle in Washington State.

John Sisko
Born John Sisko
May 22, 1958
Died May 19, 2016 (2016-05-20) (aged 57)
Nationality American
Education Studio Practices with Tom Sherwood.
Fine Art at Western Washington University.
Philosophy at University of Washington.
Known for Bronze Sculpture
Awards Top Award, National Sculpture Society: Young Sculptors
Best of Show, Sonoma Arts Guild
Alex J. Ettl Grant
HARC Foundation Grant


John Sisko spent his early years in Montana. At age 6, he was first exposed to great sculpture at the 1964 New York World's Fair where Michelangelo's Pietà was exhibited outside of Italy for the first time. Sisko moved to suburban Seattle at age 13, where he resided through high school. At the age of 20, he began study in the Fine Arts at Western Washington University where he met Tom Sherwood. Beginning in 1979, Sisko studied studio practices under Sherwood for the next eight years. During this time, Sisko also attended the University of Washington, graduating with a B.A. in philosophy in 1987.

John Sisko was a Fellow of the National Sculpture Society and serves on the editorial board of Sculpture Review magazine. John Sisko has taught at Seattle University, Gage Academy in Seattle, and Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina.


John Sisko was a contemporary American realist sculptor. He has made over 110 limited-edition bronzes, 16 commissioned projects, and has participated in over 45 exhibitions across the United States. His sculpture is characterized by a distinctive plainer or facetted modeling of the forms and intentionally distorting proportion characteristics (particularly hands and feet). In making his sculpture, Sisko works with themes of intellectual, spiritual, and philosophical depth.

Public collections[edit]


  • Fine Art Connoisseur. July/August 2009. Volume 6, Issue 4. Artists Making Their Mark
  • Made Men: Sculptors who revisit the classic male form in stone and bronze. John O’Hern. American Art Collector Magazine.
  • Hexagon. Sculpture Review, Second Quarter.
  • It is Good. Documentary by James Hupf.
  • A Look at the 2008 Coker Master Sculptors. Brookgreen Journal. June 2008.


  1. ^ Graves, Jen (2016-05-17). "R.I.P. John Sisko, 1958-2016". The Stranger. Seattle: Index Newspapers LLC. Archived from the original on 2016-07-02. Retrieved 2017-02-03. On May 1:13 pm, a handful of John's relatives, including Nancy Sisko, John's sister, posted to her brother's page an announcement that he had died. .... At a certain point in the thread, a friend posted that Sisko had taken his own life, and his sister confirmed. 
  2. ^ "Welcome by Wolfgang Mabry". Retrieved 28 December 2010. 

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