Paul Sasso was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada in 1948, the son of a skilled mason father and a hilarious semi-professional bowling, beer-drinking mother. He spent a great portion of his childhood making things and daydreaming. He flunked out of high school because of the daydreaming. After working in the auto industry for 4 years he was able to weasel his way into art school in 1970 in his hometown at the University of Windsor. He embarked on many adventures including a two-year stint of living off the grid in northern Ontario, where he learned that self reliance takes disciplined hard work. He is a self-taught woodworker. In 1978 he finally graduated from the University of Windsor with a BFA in sculpture and moved to the United States to attend graduate school at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he studied both sculpture and painting. In 1981 he earned his MFA in sculpture and began teaching design at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. It was at this point that he began combining furniture, sculpture and painting. In the early 80s he came into contact with a number of influential furniture makers, and he implemented a woodworking program at Murray State that reflected the growing field of ‘Art Furniture’.



He received several awards for teaching excellence at Murray State, several state fellowships, and his work has been acquired by many important collectors and museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, and Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Largo, Florida. He retired in 2008 after 30 years of teaching and 40 years of focused art making and continues to pursue the creative life of making things and planting things. He became a US citizen in 2011. Paul and his wife Sandy, a painter, live and work at ‘Sassoville’ near Almo, Kentucky -- a compound of their own design and construction, based on their memories. They are surrounded by the bucolic beauty of western Kentucky… a place where they don’t have to own a snow shovel. They share a love for late Gothic and Early Renaissance art, Italian food, gardens and travel. As avid gardeners, they have built a substantial garden based on their travels and exploits. “Its a rare day that goes by when I don't make something to use, or eat something that I grew. I try to live a handmade life.”
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