Local artist breathes life into collectible castaways

Posted at 10:07 PM, Aug 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-24 18:03:52-04

PUEBLO — "Every artist will tell you they put a piece of themselves in each piece of art," Pueblo resident and local artist Kenny Lenzotti said.

For the past eight years, Lenzotti has been breathing life back into Broncos, Buffaloes and all sorts of ball players.

"It really is surreal, I'm living my childhood again in my 40's", Lenzotti said.

Working in law enforcement by day; by night, he's an artistic Dr. Frankenstein, giving new life to an island of misfit toys by collecting and re-purposing old sports figurines.

"I've got another 50 of these coming (boxes of parts)," Lenzotti said. "Tim Tebow, I have a bunch of Tim Tebows."

What started as a way find more players from his childhood football team, the Denver Broncos, has gained attention from those players and the big moments that stay near and dear to his brushes.

"I get to see all these players and they reach out to me first and say, "I love it, how do I get one?", Lenzotti said. "I get to see them in their lockers and say I did that."

It's a three-hour a night hobby, but more like a labor of love. The 41-year old takes on 3-5 projects at a time. Each passion project taking anywhere from a day to several weeks or even a month to complete.

"I have to turn a lot of people away, I can't go more than five deep," Lenzotti said.

His favorite form of payment is trading memorabilia, which fills the basement he's come to call the "Kenzo Cave".

Eventually, there is talk of Lenzotti moving towards a 3-D printer and starting a professional career but for now he's enjoying the moment.

"I'm just riding the wave, would it be great to do this all the time?", Lenzotti said. "Sure. But at this point, I'm really happy with where I'm at."