John Maisano

Based in Austin, Texas

I have been an artist for more than 40 years. My career as exhibit designer and Artist-in-Residence included stints at Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History and the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Memorial Museum, but the inspiration to sculpt only came in 2001 with my first commission – a life-sized bronze ornithomimid dinosaur for the Hartman Prehistoric Garden in Austin’s Zilker Botanical Garden.

Since then I have created a variety of commissioned monuments in bronze, including additional realistic sculptures of prehistoric wildlife. I have also developed a body of stylized, limited-edition bronze animal art, The Collection, which debuted in Loveland, Colorado in 2007. I expanded my artistic viewpoint into the realm of jewelry in 2021. I was able to retire from my museum career early, at the end of 2022, to sculpt full time.

My career in natural history museums housed in buildings that are architectural gems left its fingerprints on my art: stylistic interpretations of animals that incorporate Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Celtic, and Native American designs.

I am proud to be a member of the Texas Society of Sculptors and the Society of Animal Artists. My wife Jessie and I live in Austin.