Joseph Menna is an American sculptor who has been classically trained and has worked in both digital and traditional sculpture media.
Menna was raised in the Blackwood section of Gloucester Township, New Jersey. After graduating from Highland Regional High School he attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia from which he graduated in 1992. He was awarded a Master's Degree in 1994 from the New York Academy of Art.
After spending many years in the world of fine art sculpture and public art, he combined his lifelong love of comics, sci-fi, and fantasy to work in the toy and collectible world. He has expanded his efforts into visual development for film and games. Beyond his sculpture skills, Menna is known for his strong classical drawing ability which informs the 2D concept work he does for his clients and personal work. His list of current and former clients includes DC Entertainment (DC Collectibles), Gentle Giant, McFarlane Toys, Dark Horse Comics, Mattel, Fisher-Price, Hasbro, and many others involved in both the fine art and collectible sculpture worlds. His sculpting work can also be seen on the 2014 Everglades National Park quarter and the 2008 Arizona State quarter.
- Mucha, Peter. "Carving heroes and villains from virtual clay; Joseph Menna has worked on everything from Jefferson to Batman to the world's biggest statue.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 18, 2014. Accessed April 25, 2016. "So it's not surprising to hear Menna say his enthusiasm for art grew from his love of comic books, sci-fi and fantasy while growing up in Blackwood, Camden County, where he graduated from Highland Regional High School."
- "Arizona State Quarter". The US50. Retrieved 2016-06-03.
- Everglades National Park Quarter, National Park Quarters. Accessed April 25, 2016. "Designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Joseph Menna, the reverse or tails side of the Everglades National Park Quarter features an anhinga with outstretched wings on a willow tree with a roseate spoonbill visible in the mid-ground."
- Joseph Menna's website
- Action Figure Insider's interview with Joseph Menna
- Joseph Menna's digital scultpures
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