(1897 - 1984)
Louis Monza was active/lived in California, New York / Italy. Louis Monza is known for woodcuts, naive genre-often violent, painting.
Biography Louis Monza
Self-taught painter, sculptor and printmaker Louis Monza was born in Turate, Italy, in 1897. At the age of seven, he was apprenticed to a wood carver and folk artisan. In 1913 he immigrated to the United States. After arriving in New York City, he held a variety of odd jobs including dishwasher at a restaurant and water boy for the Pennsylvania Railroad.
Athough he was a lifelong pacifist, Monza was inducted into the army in 1917 and served in World War I. Following the war he supported himself as a house painter until 1937, when he was injured in a fall. During his lengthy convalescence he began to create art, a path from which he did not deviate for the remainder of his life.
In 1946 Monza moved to California where he crea
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