|Michael Florin Dente is an internationally exhibited and collected sculptor and muralist. He has works in private collections throughout the Northwest and in New York City, Assissi, Florence, and Rome, Italy, China, Japan and Saudi Arabia.
One of Michael's most recent accomplishments is the creation of a monument to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Portland, Oregon. "The Dream" was dedicated in front of the Oregon Convention Center on August 28, 1998, thirty-five years to the day of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech.
Dente has created a number of bronze statues around the United States. One of the most notable is the life sized bronze statue of St. Francis of Assisi with a wolf and a lamb located in the Grotto in Portland, Oregon. Michael's work exhibits maturity, and both his sculpture and his paintings display strong but sensitive expressionist styling wedded with renaissance classicism. In Public Arts Projects such as "Dawn of Renewal," "The Broken Wall" memorial, and "The Naming of Mt. Jefferson," Dente uses symbolism as a vehicle to develop meaning, presence and spirit.
|Born in 1948 in San Jose, California, Dente was a full-time member of the faculty of the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Portland. Michael left the University of Portland to go to Utah in the fall of 2000 to set up an art program and teach at the new Juan Diego Catholic High School. He and his students have had great success, one of his students received the highest high school award given; the Director's Award at the Springville Art Museum. In 2003-04, Michael returned from the Florence Biennial where he represented the U.S.A. with a large bronze sculpture and received rave reviews. Last August of 2005, he returned to Italy for a two man show where he exhibited 24 terracotta sculptures he created while staying in a thousand year old building. Last spring he dedicated a six foot tall bronze sculpture of a Tuskeegee Airman in Gary Indiana to go with his previous sculpture of Octave Chanute. October 2005, Michael dedicated a new six foot bronze of St. Joseph with the child Jesus in San Diego Ca. for Bishop Brom. Michael continues to create art in Portland, Oregon and Salt Lake City, Utah|