Which Artist Shares Your Birthday?
Leonard Willeto was the son of well-known wood-carvers Charlie Willeto and Elizabeth Willeto Ignacio, and began carving in the 1970s. When he was sixteen years old he was run over by a pickup truck, was permanently disfigured and left school.
Keith Morrison was born in Jamaica and moved to the United States to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As a student, he was influenced by the work of abstract expressionist artists such as Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko.
Michael Lee lives in Kapolei, Hawaii, and his heavily carved sculptures are inspired by plants, sea creatures, and fossils. He gouges dramatic curves into roughly turned forms using traditional Hawaiian tools, then carves sweeping lines and patterns of dots into the surface of the wood.