1905 (Vittoria, Sicily)
1964 (Sarasota, Florida)
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genre, horses, figure and landscape painting
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|The following is based on information provided by Marcia Corbino, wife of Jon Corbino:|
highly acclaimed artist for heroic themes revealing the anxieties of
America during the 1930s, Jon Corbino depicted disasters such as wars
and floods. These paintings were tributes to the perseverance of
man against unknown forces of the universe. He was much admired
for his skill in draftsmanship and brilliant, smoldering colors.
was also known for his love of horses, sometimes painting these
powerful animals as mythic symbols from the Greek legends of the
childhood. In addition, he painted the fantasy of the circus and
the ballet, often from back stage where the performers were captured in
a reflective moment.
Jon Corbino was born in Vittoria, Sicily
in 1905 and came to the United States with his parents at the age of
8. He grew up in New York City and attended the Ethical Culture
School on an art scholarship and then enrolled in the Art Students
League. He received two Guggenheim Fellowships and was elected a
member of the National Academy of Design.
In 1941, he received
the first grant awarded to a visual artist from the National Institute
of Arts and Letters. The poet Stephen Vincent Benet made the
presentation at Carnegie Hall, and in his commendation said that
Corbino "has brought to American art rare gifts of color and design,
and because of the honesty, richness and variety of his work."
Corbino's work was also featured in three Venice Biennales.
In 1966, a critic for the Chicago American
wrote of a Corbino retrospective exhibition: "he painted people of the
world-people on the beach, in the sun, in the moonlight. But he
graced them with spirit, life, and movement that transcend the
His work is represented in 64 U.S. museums as well as the Lotus Club, New York, NY; First National Bank of Chicago; Fine Arts Society, Sarasota, FL; Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, MO; Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL; Georgetown University Library, Washington, D.C.; The United States Post Office, Long Beach, Long Island, NY; Town of Rockport, Massachusetts, Rockport, MA.
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