Frank Diaz Escalet, born 3/16/30 in Ponce, Puerto Rico, served in the U.S. Air Force before embarking on an art career in New York moving quickly into leathercraft work. Not only did he make leather clothing for the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, and other rock groups, he was commissioned by Pablo Casals to make his cello case and by the Museum of Modern Art to make covers for their stone-slab seats in their sculpture garden. Frank Diaz Escalet has been a featured artist on public television, and his work has been exhibited in the National Gallery and the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. In addition, his art work is owned by many well-known collectors such as former President Ronald Reagan, explorer Jacques Cousteau, actor Danny Kaye, director John Huston, and the publisher of Forbes Magazine. His work is included in many permanent collections including: Naprstkovo Museum, Prague; National Gallery, Prague; Bratslavia Primitive Museum, Slovakia; and Frydek-Mistek Museum, Northern Moravia.
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