Tyrome Salvatore Tripoli was born in Los Angeles, California in 1967. Growing up in a beach town outside of LA, he developed an early love for the power andmovement of the ocean; a driving force that fuels his art today. In 1990, Tripoli graduated from the University of California at San Diego with a BachelorDegree in Biochemistry and Visual Arts. In 1992 he found himself unfulfilled with a career in science and he moved to San Francisco to start a business making sculptural metal work.
Over the next ten years Tripoli worked full time designing and building one of a kind metal furniture and architectural metal work. In 1995, he co-founded Melting Point Art Studios and Gallery, a 7000 square foot art studio and exhibition space located in downtown San Francisco. In 1999 he began to experiment blowing glass into steel armatures, a series called Pods. In 2000 Tripoli was commissioned by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts to create a blown glass and steel installation emerging from a pond. In 2001 Tripoli was selected to participate in the San Francisco Refuse and Recycle Artist in residency program. It was during this time that he discovered the potential of working with mixed media and creating conceptual sculpture. Focusing on assemblage sculpture and installation, Tripoli took his work on a world tour participating in an international art exhibition project called VERN.
Tripoli moved to Brooklyn, New York in 2003. At the present he is working on public and private commissions. Tripoli works and resides in Bushwick. He works full time creating mixed material sculpture, executing architectural metal work and furniture commissions and maintaining his art compound consisting of a sculpture studio on Troutman St and a contemporary art gallery he founded called Gallery Petite on Wilson Ave.