Art Exhibit; Italo Clemente 1930-2010
July 28 @ 5:00 pm - September 16 @ 11:00 pm
“Whimsical, BOLD & Romantic Art”
by Italo Clemente 1930-2010
July 28 through September 16, 2017
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 1-5pm, Saturday 12pm – 5pm or by appointment.
Opening reception: Friday, July 28th, 5-7pm
Born in Italy to father Giuseppe, a physician of internal medicine and mother Azalea De’Luca Di Pietralata, a journalist and published poet, throughout his young school years Italo Clemente sketched on almost every page of his text books. After high school he enrolled at the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the University of Genova while continuing his art education with private teachers.
He left Italy for New York City where he worked as a Maitre’D in luxury hotels such as The Plaza, St. Regis and The Barclay. Soon he opened the Omnia Art Gallery at 18 West 55th street off Fifth Avenue where he sold a great part of his art. He joined the New York Art Students League where he studied painting, etching and life drawing focusing on artistic anatomy and color theory. He became known for his various styles with different media and his pensive, romantic faces, figures, interiors, abstracts and still lifes.
He participated in the prestigious 23rd Biennial of American Drawing in Washington DC selected by the print curator of the New York Metropolitan Museum. His works owned by collectors in the USA and abroad include Charles Mingus the renowned jazz musician and Admiral Neil McElroy the Secretary of Defense in the Eisenhower administration. Italo befriended Salvador Dali when at the Omnia Gallery from whom he received art esteem and signed mementos.
In 1990 Italo moved to the Adirondacks where he continued his art activity until his passing in 2010. He showed his work at the ‘Y’ Gallery, The Palette Show, the Adirondack Artists Guild in Saranac Lake and the Center for the Arts in Lake Placid. Italo is remembered by his partner Barbara, family and friends as a sweet renaissance man, great cook, gardener and creative artist.