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Dave Tonegatto

Westland, MI, United States

I am a family man with 3 young children. I started metal work / welding as a teen by building chopper bicycles. I then became a fulltime welder / fabricator at a production shop for 16 years until they relocated. During those years the only art I made was small scale knickknacks once in a great while until I decided to enter a welding art competition called scrap Detroit 4 years ago. I didnt have much confidence but after winning the competition with my first real sculpture "pedal bird" got me back into creating and haven't stopped since. Previously I always felt as if I was messing around with the knick knacks when I had "real work" to do. I've realized that I had it all backwards and my art was my real work all along, in the grand scheme of things it is much more important than the mindless production work I was doing. I plan to continue working on art and myself without looking back.

Dave's ArtPrize Entries

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    Thinking Man

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