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 Letterio Calapai  (1902 - 1993)

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Lived/Active: New York/Illinois/Massachusetts      Known for: lithography, abstract painting, intaglio

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I knew Leo and his wife in the early 70's when he had his studio in Glencoe, IL. He was a great artist and a good friend. I own many, many of his works, including Aesop' Fables, which is a compilation of woodcut engravings by Thomas Bueck (I'm not sure of the spelling at this moment)all reproduced by Leo in a beutiful edition, plus his Thomas Mann collection of "Look Homeward Angel" One of my favorite pieces is his self portrait, probably done when he was in his late thirties.

anna k, Welch

Letterio Calapai
There is also a print by Letterio in the Boston Public Library at Copley Square. I recognized his work immediately.

heather freeman damore

Letterio Calapia
Letterio Calapia was married to my Great Aunt the famous pianist-Delia Calapia.
I have many of his works and letters to her.

although I have never met him- I have family pictures and art work.
I would love to be in touch with anyone who is interested in sharing with me info.
heather damore
columbia, MD


John Terry and Letterio Calapai
I entered the comment below about the friendship between Calapai and Terry. Me email has changed, so I am re-posting.


about Letterio Calapai
Theres a pretty good bio for Leo at, a gallery where some of Leo's things were at a few years back. Did you find his work at a gallery somewhere? I'd be interested in knowing where I could look at his work. Good Luck!

anna k welch

I just purchased a woodengraving by this artist. The title is A Days Catch. I would like to know anything about the artist. I was very impressed with the print and am anxious to receive it.


Calapai's Friendship with John S. Terry
I obtained some works by the artist from the 1930s through the estate of John S. Terry (NY artist and writer). I have information suggesting the two were close personal friends. I would be interested in learning more about their friendship. Thanks.

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