About the Artist
The creator of the famous statue of Joe Paterno known by millions, Angelo Di Maria was born in Delia, Sicily in 1947. His interest in sculpture began when he was a six-year-old child, when he would become totally absorbed in creating small figures and animals. 1958, the Di Maria family emigrated from Sicily to begin a new life in Reading, PA. Today with 48 years of experience of sculpting a variety of subjects-from the human form to wildlife, Mr. Di Maria has a unique ability to capture the essence of his subjects, including facial expressions that elude other sculptors. He is the 2008 recipient of the "Pagoda Award" for excellence in Artistic Development and a member of the "International Sculpture Center." Distinct Collectibles’ entire Joe Paterno portfolio was created by Mr. Di Maria.