Arturo di Modica is the world-famous sculptor of the bronze Charging Bull, which currently resides on Wall Street in Bowling Green Park, NYC. Di Modica is known for his clandestine "dropping" of the bull in front of the New York Stock Exchange in 1989. After the drop, the NYSE elected to remove the unapproved sculpture, but the public outcry was so great that New York Parks and Recreation had it re-installed just down the street in its current home. To read a New York Times article from the night after the drop, please go here To download a press release about the artist, please click here.

Born in the small Sicilian city of Vittoria, in the province of Ragusa, January 26, 1941, di Modica was drawn to life of an artist at a young age. Sculpture became his calling when he was just a teenager. As he matured, his sculpture began to attract attention throughout Sicily. Hence, at 19 years old, di Modica left Sicily and his family.

In 1960, di Modica moved to Florence, was drawn there by its reputation for artistic excellence and his own desire to be among many of Italy’s finest sculptors and painters. Di Modica opened his first studio in the heart of the city, working principally in bronze and other metals. He frequently traveled to Carrara—known for the world’s best marble—creating his own pieces at the renowned Studio Nicoli.

In 1973, di Modica made his next great leap, leaving Italy for New York City. He opened his first American studio on Grand Street in SoHo and was met with almost immediate acclaim. In 1978, di Modica purchased undeveloped property on Crosby Street building his current studio in which his most famous sculptures have been created.

These include his 3 ½ ton bronze Charging Bull completed in December 1989. The sculpture stands where New York City was founded and has remained for more than 25 years. The Charging Bull has become one of the most famous sculptures in the world, drawing millions of visitors each year. It is constantly featured in print and broadcast media worldwide, and contributed to di Modica’s receipt of The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, one of the most prestigious annual recognitions awarded in the United States.

The Alvarez Gallery is the first U.S. gallery to represent Arturo’s work.