Edmondo Pizzella was born in Naples, Italy on March 27, 1868. Pizzella came to San Francisco from Italy shortly after the turn of the century and became popular as a portraitist of local society women. He maintained a studio in the City of Paris department store and a residence at 1600 Clay Street. For several years in the 1920s and early 1930s he had a studio in New York City. He died in San Francisco on Nov. 6, 1941.
Exhibited: Exposition Universelle (Paris), 1900; Society for Sanity in Art, California Palace of Legion of Honor, 1939, 1940 (gold medal).
Works held: California Historical Society.
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs
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