Portrait for WebManuel Sarmiento, an Oak Cliff native, is a green metal artist.  He prides himself on his green metal-art practices.   “I hate seeing any kind of metal going to waste.  I use whatever metals I can find, and I consider myself both an artist and eco-friendly recycler. There’s so much metal that goes to waste, and a lot of the discarded metal I see make beautiful pieces of art.”

 He doesn’t plan his projects, instead using whatever he finds and then creating.  He typically uses carbon steel, copper or stainless steel from local metal recycling facilities, friends, and family.

Carbon steel is his current favorite – “It is a lot easier to weld and shape than other metals.”

 He bends and shapes the recycled metal into an array of sculptures – dancers, torsos, fish, and unusual shapes.  And he does it all while being able to see through only one eye.


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  1. Are these the only 2 Sarmiento works at this time? What is the price of the work of the image of a person bending backward holding a staff? Thanks

    • We currently have other of his works displayed. These are just to let folks know the kind of work he does and that he is represented in the Gallery. The two pieces that are shown have already sold. His work sells so fast that I normally don’t have to get pics of them and posted on the website. You can contact my wife, Cherie Giddens, at the Gallery for info of what is currently being shown. The Gallery phone number is 817-488-8600. She will be glad to text or email you pics of his available pieces.

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