Frank Gallo has worked primarily from the human form. The sculptor was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1933. He studied art from 1951 to 1959 at the University of Toledo, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and the State University of Iowa. Gallo was professor of sculpture at the University of Illinois. Gallo's works are often mildly erotic, with elongated figures that may sit or recline in postures suggesting extremes of boredom or self-involvement. Often distorting his life-like figures Gallo has commented, "I'm obsessed with the female figure. I get static from some women - you know, women's lib- who say that I capitalize on them. But that's not fair. What I express in these pieces is worship, not exploitation. I'm interested in the beauty of the female figure, and I'm trying to express it, the way I feel it."
Museums with works by Frank Gallo include: The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Grace Museum, Sara Roby Foundation Collection, Neuberger Museum of Art, National Portrait Gallery, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Dennos Museum Center, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
About his work in Paper Relief Casting
Frank Gallo acknowledges his roots as a sculptor in more traditional materials such as steel, bronze, and wood but his inspiration has come with his work in plastics. He enjoyed his work with plastics because of the ability to manipulate light. This realization it was the luminescence and not the plastic he was enamored with evolved into a material new to him but actually thousands of years old, paper. With paper it has the same light-manipulating properties, or even better because of the purity and delicate nature of white paper. It has the structure and line quality of a more traditional material without the heaviness and paired with the illuminating quality of plastic. Not only is it pleasing because of the softer nature of it, but also its willingness to be molded and transformed he found appealing. He found the perfect union with this material not having it fight against him like stone or other harsher materials. With paper there is a partnership of creator and the creation working together in harmony. The harmony is evident in his work. His work using paper made of cotton fiber has a pearlescent essence that even the deeper grooves and details don’t create shadows but gives more opportunity to bounce light around to different areas avoiding heavy shadows and dark tones.