GRAY MARBLE AND WOOD Minimalist Sculpture, 1979
Adolph Dioda uses simple, geometric forms, and assembles wood and marble in a way that defies gravity. The artist’s sense of aesthetic is minimalist, and this is evident in the monochromatic use of gray in this artwork.
Adolph Dioda, sculptor and art teacher. His reverence for life found expression in hundreds of animal and human sculptures in marble, granite, metal and wood.
He worked in sandstone, marble, steel, copper and brass and with found objects. Most of his early stone or wood sculptures were renderings of animal or human forms - an elephant's head, a pelican, a girl in repose. More complex figures in action - lovebirds and fish, for example - he did in metal.
Critics called him a born sculptor, with an innate feeling for form.
He was born in Aliquippa, a steel town north of Pittsburgh, and attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology, the Cleveland School of Art and the Barnes Foundation in Merion.
He taught sculpture at Temple University's Tyler School of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Allen's Lane Art Center, the Cheltenham Art Centre, Haverford College and other schools.
His works have been shown in 17 one-man exhibits in Pennsylvania and New York and in 15 group exhibits in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Whitney Museum, among others.
Among the permanent collections that have Dioda sculptures are the Philadelphia Art Museum, the Carnegie Institute and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.