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Oronzo Vito Gasparo (1903 to 1969), was an American artist often known for surreal townscape painting, design, crafts.

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Background

Oronzo Vito Gasparo was born in Rutigliano, Bari, Italy in 1903, spent many active years in California, and died in New York in 1969.

Gasparo studied at the National Academy of Design in New York; he was mentored by Preston Dickinson[1] and was Dickinson's favorite pupil.

Early years

Oronzo Vito Gasparo worked under the Works Progress Administration Easel Project during the Great Depression.

Work

During his lifetime he had over 40 one-man shows ranging from 1928 to a retrospective in 1974.

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Methods

  1. Designer
  2. Painting

Mediums

  1. Gouache
  2. Mixed-Media/Multi-Media
  3. Oil
  4. Watercolor

Styles

  1. Surrealism

Subjects

  1. Architecture/Buildings
  2. Figure
  3. Genre (Human Activity)
  4. Spanish Missions
  5. Townscape

Exhibitions

  1. Art Institute of Chicago
  2. Carnegie Institute
  3. Corcoran Gallery
  4. Museum of Modern Art, New York
  5. Pennsylvania Academy
  6. Salons of America
  7. Society of Independent Artists
  8. Whitney Museum of American Art

Trivia

  • Gasparo was an avid dancer and claimed to have brought the rumba to New York.

References

Books

Year Author Title
2005 Davenport, Ray Davenport's Art Reference, The Gold Edition
2005 AskART.com Inc./Dunbier, Lonnie Pierson (Editor) The Artists Bluebook, 34,000 North American Artists to March 2005
2002 Hughes, Edan Milton Artists in California: 1786-1940, Two Volumes
1999 Falk, Peter Hastings (Editor) Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975, 3 Volumes
1990 Falk, Peter Hastings (Editor) The Annual Exhibition Record of the Art Institute of Chicago
1989 Falk, Peter Hastings (Editor) Annual Exhibition Record, 1914-68, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
1988 Geske, Norman/Karen Janovy The American Painting Collection, The Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery
1985 Falk, Peter Hastings Who Was Who in American Art, Artists Active 1898-1947
1984 Marlor, Clark S The Society of Independent Artists, Exhibition Record 1917-1944
1977 Barr, Alfred H Painting and Sculpture, in the Museum of Modern Art
1975 Editor, Smithsonian Smithsonian Archives of American Art: Checklist of the Collection
1966 Editors Who's Who in American Art-1966
1948 Mallett, Daniel Trowbridge Index of Artists International Biographical, 2 Volumes
1947 Editors Who's Who in American Art-1947
1936 Museum of Modern Art New Horizons in American Art, Federal Art Project exhibition

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