Artist Biography

Mario DEFERRANTE
1898 - 1992

Mario DeFerrante, a muralist, painter, and printmaker, was born in Naples, Italy on November 29, 1898. He studied at the Istituto delle Belle Arti in Naples and served a two-year apprenticeship with Antonio Mancini. After immigrating to the United States in 1922, he worked in New York City doing portraits and murals until 1935 when he moved to southern California. After settling in Glendale, he taught at Barnsdale College in Hollywood during 1970-84. His early paintings are representational and later ones abstract. He died in Martinez, California on December 7, 1992. Member: Western Serigraph Institute of Los Angeles. Exhibited: Biennale de Milano (first prize); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1952; Martinez Civic Arts Gallery, 1996 (retrospective). Works held: Yale, Princeton, & Brigham Young universities; United States Bureau of Information (Washington); Library of Congress; Philadelphia Library; Cleveland Museum.

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