Born in 1954, Edward Belbusti studied Architecture at Virginia Tech and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1981. Before moving to Nashville in 1989, he worked as an architect in New York and Baltimore. Belbusti then worked for many years as University Architect at Vanderbilt University. He retired from architecture and began his career as a sculptor in 2011.
Although retired from the field, Belbusti uses his 30 years of architectural experience to inform his concept of form. "I imagine the possibility of each sculpture existing in many different scales," says Belbusti, "from a desktop piece to a large public sculpture or an entire building.
While he mostly sculpts with clay, Belbusti occasionally incorporates steel and wood in various ways to explore the interplay of the components and how they contribute to the piece's overall balance, tension, and structure.
In some pieces, he plays with surface texture and color to suggest that the sculpture could be made of steel, wood, plastic, or another generic material. Similarly, the piece's scale is meant to be ambiguous, thus creating in the viewer's imagination the possibility of a monumentally scaled artwork.