Pasquale Ramunno - Arts and Culture Wall of Fame

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Pasquale was born in Pacentro, Italy in 1937, where he developed an interest in the arts at a very early age. At
7 years of age under the tutelage of Giuseppe Avolio, who was a well known artist in the Region of Abruzzi,
Pasquale was able to develop his skills in clay sculpting. In addition to art, he was also studying music and
learned to play several instruments. In 1956, at the age of 18, with 2 musical instruments in hand, Pasquale
arrived in Canada, settled in Niagara Falls and soon after found employment as a commercial painter.
For 25 years, he worked as a painter at the Greater Niagara General Hospital. On weekends as band leader of
San Remo, he would find work performing accordion at various functions throughout Southern Ontario and
Western New York. While working at the GNGH, he painted several murals in the Children's Ward and
Physiotherapy Department. Some of his work displayed throughout the Region includes the bust of Dr.
Davidson at GNGH, a statue of Laura Secord at Laura Secord Apartments on Valleyway, life-size statues of a
Roman soldier at Casa D'oro Restaurant on Victoria Avenue, and Sir William Lyon Mackenzie at the Mackenzie
Printery and Newspaper Museum in Queenston.
Pasquale founded the Rock Legends Wax Museum on Centre Street in 1997. Since opening the museum,
Pasquale has sculpted over 70 life-size wax figures of famous musicians. In addition to housing his waxworks,
his artwork also extends to the exterior of the building where 15 bas-relief sculptures can be viewed. His work
has been recognized in several media outlets, including a feature story in Niagara Life Magazine, and
incorporated in a Much Music Video Awards broadcast.
With 65 years of dedication to the arts, and his commitment to detail, Pasquale continues to create exemplary
works for the museum and still takes part in the occasional weekend musical performance.