Where most people see a simple eating utensil, Matthew Bartik sees a skier, an octopus or a pair of ballroom dancers. Using just stainless steel forks, he creates funny sculptures of people, objects and abstract images.
Bartik earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Visual Arts at the State University of New York at New Paltz and started sculpting as a New York street artist. Passersby would gather to watch him at work and soon he started taking on private clients and presenting his work around the U.S.
There is no welding, soldering or any adhesive used in his pieces. Each item is created using the strength of his hands, arms and a few tools. He loves to create new pieces based on customers’ requests.
He has won several awards for his designs and been featured at the Pebble Beach Food and Wine festival in Monterey, CA.