Harris Diamant b. 1937

Harris Diamant was born in New York City in 1937. He received a B.A. in Comparative Literature from City College of New York and was awarded a Graduate Fellowship from the New York State Board of Regents in 1960. After a year of post-graduate work in communications at Yeshiva University, he taught junior high school in the Bedford- Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn for six years. During this time, he began collecting and trading antiques, and in 1966, opened a gallery on East 53rd Street in Manhattan.

In the 1980s Diamant decided to close the gallery and devote himself fully to creating sculptures. Knowledge and respect for the materials used in the construction of a wide array of objects - particularly metals and various finishes - inspired him to begin metalworking and sculpting. In the process of creating his work, he has taught himself a variety of techniques such as wood carving, silver soldering, brazing, welding, lathe-turning and gold leafing.

Diamant has been featured in several solo exhibitions at galleries throughout New York and California, including Allan Stone Gallery, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, Alexander Gallery, Giampietro Gallery, New York; Bucheron Gallery, San Francisco; and Obsolete Gallery, Los Angeles. A series of Diamant's sculptures were exhibited at New York University's Windows on Washington Square in 2000, examples of which were published in the June 1999 and January 2002 issues of Harper's Magazine.

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