Angelo Di Benedetto 1955 Porcelain Art Plate
Angelo Di Benedetto 1955 Porcelain Art Plate

Angelo Di Benedetto 1955 Porcelain Art Plate

Regular price $ 195.00 Sale price $ 295.00

This amazing mid-century porcelain plate is approximately 10" x 10".  It is signed "Di Benedetto 55, Central City Colo" on the bottom.

Angelo Di Benedetto (1913-1992) was born and raised in Paterson, NJ. In 1930, he embarked on his lifelong study of art when he enrolled in the Cooper Union Art School in New York City. Di Benedetto graduated with a degree in freehand drawing in 1934. He received a scholarship to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts where he studied until 1937. That year, Di Benedetto returned to Paterson where he continued painting. He entered his first competitive exhibit at the Montclair, New Jersey Museum and won both first prize and first honorable mention.

Di Benedetto joined the US Air Force in 1938 and toured in Haiti and Africa. He lived in Haiti for six months, painting and studying the culture, and even attending voodoo rituals. Di Benedetto's Haitian paintings launched his fruitful career. Di Benedetto first received national attention in 1940 when Life Magazine reproduced the series of Haitian paintings. Afterwards, his work was sought and reproduced in many national magazines and newspapers including Newsweek, Art News, Ladies Home Journal, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. Encyclopedia Britannica purchased one of Di Benedetto's Haitian paintings for its collection of American modern artists in 1945. Di Benedetto illustrated two books, How the Donkey Came to Haiti and Other Tales (1949), and Pancake Sees the World (1952) for children.

Di Benedetto was stationed at Buckley Field in Denver from 1945-46. After being discharged Di Benedetto moved to Central City. From there, he produced the paintings and sculptures that were exhibited across the country during the next 3 decades. Di Benedetto's exhibitions both solo and group, include:
  1. Museum of New Mexico (Santa Fe)
  2. Haitian Art Center (NY)
  3. Tudor Gallery and Haigh Art Gallery (Denver)
  4. Bianchini Gallery (NY)
  5. Fairweather-Hardin Gallery (Chicago)
  6. Carnegie Institute (Pittsburgh)
  7. Whitney Museum (NY)
  8. Corcoran and National Gallery (Washington DC)
  9. State Dept. European Tour
  10. St. Louis Museum
  11. Boston Museum
  12. Denver Art Museum
  13. Chicago Art Institute
  14. Des Moines Art Center

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