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Art by Italo Clemente – “The Media & Moods 1930-2010”
June 6, 2014 - July 6, 2014
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 1-5pm, Saturday 10am – 2pm or by appointment.
Opening reception Friday, June 6th, 5-7pm
BluSeed Studios is proud to present, the art of Italo Clemente in a new exhibit titled, “The Media and Moods 1930-2010”
Born in Italy to his father Guiseppe, a physician of internal medicine and his mother, Baroness Azalea De’ Luca Di Pietralata, a journalist and poet. Throughout his young school years he 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 Maître d’ in luxury hotels such as the Plaza, St. Regis and the Barclay. Soon he opened the Omnia Art Gallery on 47th 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 versatility with different media and his pensive and romantic style with still life, figures, faces and landscapes.
Italo also opened a private skylight studio in the Union Square artist colony and showed his work in New York City at the Croquis Gallery and Di Mauro Gallery. 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 are owned by collectors in the USA and abroad including Charles Mingus, the world renowned jazz musician, and Admiral Neil McElroy, the Secretary of Defense in the Eisenhower administration. Italo befriended Salvator Dali when at the Omnia Gallery from whom he received esteem and personal 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 Lake Placid Center for the Arts. He is remembered by his partner, family and friends as a sweet Renaissance man, great cook, gardener and creative artist.