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About David Calfo, His Art & His Gallery

I'm David Calfo, a salvage artist, 4th Generation Hungarian and Pittsburgh native who was raised in Hazelwood above J&L Steel. Growing up, I was surrounded by three generations of grandfathers and uncles that worked in the local steel mills. Even though I never worked in them myself (instead opting to become a master carpenter, a profession and skill that has served both me and my art well) steel runs strong in my blue collar blood. I've always had an appreciation for the mills and was intrigued by the steel making process. I found a certain beauty in the mills that, under years of dirt and abuse, screamed of Pittsburgh’s history and how it's shaping our future.

As a salvage artist, I take the discarded remains of the past and transform them into art that tells a story of the past, present and future. The purpose of my work is to show that objects considered garbage by most can be turned into objects of interest, desire and beauty. The knowledge that the items used in my art, if they weren’t “saved” by me, would be sitting in a landfill is what drives me to create unique pieces. You can be cookie cutter, or build something out of cookie cutters -- I prefer the latter.

I'm also a big fan of tweeting, so give me a shout on Twitter!

About DNA Blue Collar Gallery

Over a decade ago, I ran across a 10,000-square-foot warehouse in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh that had been abandoned since the 60s, and the gears in my head started turning. By 2001, I'd filled 15 dumpsters and renovated it into what you see today: DNA Blue Collar Gallery, my biggest masterpiece to date.