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 Domenico (Aurelio) Facci  (1916 - 1994)

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: sculptor-religious and political figure

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BIOGRAPHY for Domenico Facci
1916 (Hooversville, Pennsylvania)

New York

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A carver of portraits, figures, and animals and also a medallist and creator of memorials and monuments, Domenico Facci did a variety of subjects including religious, political and entertainment figures such as Saint Paul, Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, Bob Hope, Lynn Redgrave, and Joan Fontaine. One of his wood carvings, made from cherrywood, is titled "Giraffes", and received the Audubon Award for Sculpture in 1961. His polar bear logo, which is placed in front of the Great Spring's Company regional office in Teterboro, New Jersey, is 10-feet tall and 12 feet long. His plaque and medallion designs include commissions for the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation, the Nathan S. Kline Metal for mental health, and the Big Woods Reserve, a conservation organization in Ohio. For the 1976 Bicentennial, he did a bronze relief for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers of the American Revolution in Rome, New York.

Facci's parents were Italian immigrants, and he was born and raised in Hooversville, Pennsylvania, a mining area. He studied at the Roerich Academy of Art in New York City and with William Zorach, Pietro Montana, and Louis Slobodkin. He was executive vice president of the Audubon Artists, director of the American Society of Contemporary Artists, and a member of the National Sculpture Society.

He was also a teacher whose assignments included the Roerich Academy beginning 1939, Florida Southern College Visiting Professorship in 1952, and instructor of sculpture and stone carving at Ridgewood Art School in New Jersey from 1961 to 1965.

Work by Facci is in St. Rita's Church at Long Island City, New York; St. Ann's Church at Hagerstown, Maryland; St. Thomas Church in New York City.

Donald Martin Reynolds, "Masters of American Sculpture"
Peter Falk, "Who Was Who in American Art"

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