Sal Villano was born in New York City in 1944 into a large extended family of artists. From a very young age he was aware of art in his life and was attracted to many different forms of visual expression. Sal attended public grade school, high school and graduated college with a degree in commercial art. He continued to pursue his love of art at The Art Students League in Manhattan. While attending college Sal worked part time with his uncle Charles Santaniello, a sculptor, who designed and created magnificent displays for commercial accounts and several World Fairs and Expos in the United States and other countries. It was during the time spent with his uncle, watching him create beautiful figures and animal characters using only chicken wire, tissue paper and wall paper paste, that Sal realized he too wanted to become a sculptor.