Ralph Dorazio (b. 1922, Detroit–2004) is best remembered for his modernist wood sculptures. After serving in WWII, he enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and then returned to Detroit to work as a journalist. He studied history at Wayne University in Detroit and later moved to New York, where he taught at Pratt and other art schools. In his artwork, he was inspired by the art and architecture of ancient civilizations and worked with wood to transform into abstract and figurative works, including children’s toys. He worked on sets for the Erick Hawkins Dance Company, and collaborated frequently with the composer and inventor of musical instruments Lucia Dlugoszewski, producing a suite of wooden instruments following her original designs.

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